October 28th, 2008 by rbanks
A Christmas List (CR Blog)
I’m a bit of a 3D UI sceptic. I just have some history in the area, and it’s left me thinking that 3D interactions are often cumbersome and rarely have a life beyond what their cool factor gives them. Case in point is this Tag Galaxy search. I really find it compelling. I’m not sure why. And I’m not sure what it has beyond that initial, emotional reaction…
Poetic entry on drawing from Lebbeus Woods.
“Even though I am best known for my drawings, and have spent many years as a teacher of architects, I have never taught drawing. The reason is that each person who wants to draw should devise his or her own way. It makes no sense to teach a method or style of drawing, because drawing is a way of thinking, and it would be wrong to didactically teach a method or style of thinking. Each person must learn from the drawers—and the thinkers—who appeal most to them, and then devise their own ways. Originality—in drawing and thinking—is important, for the same reasons that individuality in all matters of existence is important: it confirms the wonder, and the terror, of the human condition.”
A couple of really nice, back to back posts on visualizing the news from Visualcomplexity.com.
The first is a visualization by Dave Bowker of a week of news from the Guardian newspaper. Dave attempts to connect the dots between sets of articles.
The second is a little harder to get into, since the content is in German, which I don’t speak or read, but this is a whole set of news visualizations presented as a newspaper by Stefan Brautigam.
Feeling like a cross between a Tufte lecture and a flick through any recent book on Processing or Flash masters, this article presents a good overview of the job and direction of ancient and modern data visualization.
“In his introductory text , Jose Luis de Vicente, the curator of the workshop, described data visualization as a cross-discipline which uses the vast communicative power of images to offer a comprehensible explanation of the relationship among meaning, cause, and dependence that can be found among large abstract masses of information generated by scientific and social processes. “
Minard’s map on Napoleon’s march on Russia.
Updated: Some more great examples from Smashing Magazine.