XKCD’s Now

[XKCD has a live “now” clock][] that displays the time around the globe from the point of view of looking “up from the bottom” of the globe. As always, it’s a great [visualization][].

[XKCD has a live “now” clock]: http://xkcd.com/1335/
[visualization]: http://johnlaudun.org/tags/visualization

Data Visualization Design Tips

_Nature_ has compiled several dozen of its “Points of View” columns into a [single list][] that, if you were to work through it, be a reasonable introduction to graphic design. As I’ve said before, [design matters][], so if all of that overwhelms you, then please do consider working with someone who has some experience in design. All your efforts to communicate your data and your analysis more effectively will provide a return, if only because you will undoubtedly glimpse new patterns, new possibilities for analysis while doing the design.

And, for the record, I like the architectural word *projection* better than *visualization*, which is probably still better than *infographic*.

[single list]: http://blogs.nature.com/methagora/2013/07/data-visualization-points-of-view.html
[design matters]: http://johnlaudun.org/20130314-design-matters/

An Infographic about Infographics

I like the way the people who made this infographic assume that nothing comes before the infographic. (What? They couldn’t even be bothered to read Tufte’s book?) And don’t get me started on their normalizing the Google Ngram results so that the top result is 100 and everything ranges from there. Still, somehow this thing was compelling. Maybe because it argues for how good infographics are at communicating vital information without really having that much information itself?

I found the link to the Forbes map on [Flowing Data](http://flowingdata.com/). The site has a little bit everything, from the fantastic visualizations sometimes done by XKCD to silly made up info graphics about bed head.

Infographics Extravaganza

My friend Tim Lloyd and I share a love of graphics that not only tell a story or represent data well but do it so well as to become another kind of work in and of themselves. Gregory Bateson would have, following Bertrand Russell, probably suggested that this was a matter of logical types. In any event, there are two sites that are worth following, in addition to that of [Edward Tufte](http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/books_vdqi) who sort of created this category:

* One is [Information Is Beauitful](http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/). The author of the site does much of the graphic work himself, with the help of willing researchers. His representation of the various [End of the World Schemes Having to Do with 2012](http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/2012-the-end-of-the-world/) is pretty amazing — it’s almost like trying to take in a Baroque chapel ceiling painting.
* Another fun place to browse is [Biblioddyssey](http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/) which pursues a different tact. Its author browses through older materials in search of infographic like illustrations and diagrams. Here’s one from the [Victorian era](http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2009/12/victorian-infographics.html)