Maps – considering projections

Maps should be used in moderation says Friedrich Lindenberg – and he is right. It is tempting to use maps for all kinds of visualizations, but there a quite a lot of pitfalls (a classic one: your data actually relates to the number of people living in a certain area, not the size of that area). […]

Tools, tools, tools

Recommendations for simple charts: Datawrapper Chartbuilder RAW   Very helpful list for a broad range of tools: Digital Resources for investigative reporters, by Friedrich Lindenberg. Some quotes: Storing and searching sets documents can be done with DocumentCloud, which is more appropriate than e.g. Dropbox. Getting text and tables out of PDFs is an ugly process, but Tabula, CometDocs ($) andABBYY […]

Spreadsheet to the rescue

Unser Test-Datensatz: Bevölkerung Wien – Entwicklung 2001-2013 nach Bezirken. Quelle: Open Data Portal Österreich Hinweis: der originale Datensatz enthält mehr Daten (bis zurück nach 1869). Für eine leichtere Handhabung und einfachere Darstellung bei den Screenshots habe ich auf die Jahre ab 2001 (in 2-Jahressprüngen bis 2013) reduziert. Ein erster Blick auf unseren Datensatz: wir […]

Charming Charting

Ein Beispiel für einfache Visualisierungsmöglichkeiten durch ein Chart. Aus einer eher spröden Tabelle wie z.B. dieser: kann sehr einfach ein Chart erzeugt werden, das einen bestimmten Aspekt herausarbeitet. Entwicklungen wie z.B. der Anstieg von Gästen aus Asien und Amerika sind auf einen Blick erkennbar (not exactly breaking news, but it’s just an example).   […]

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US Midterm Elections 2014: The winner is – Mashable!

Visualising data in real time is certainly also a question of choosing the right tools. Not always do the tools have to be overly complicated. Recently the Lego Senate easily won the media competion for smart reporting on the 2014 midterm elections in the US. The shift from a Senate with a Democratic to a Republican […]

Historic infographic: Napoleon’s army in Russia

When it comes to tragic military events, few would rate worse than the French invasion of Russia in 1812. A disastrous combination of situations resulted in the once powerful Grande Armée being reduced from nearly half a million strong, to a shockingly small 10,000 following their retreat. This vintage information graphic detailing the event was […]

How to be an educated consumer of infographics

David Byrne on good infographics: Insight seems to happen most often when data sets are crossed in the design of the piece — when we can quickly see the effects on something over time, for example, or view how factors like income, race, geography, or diet might affect other data. When that happens, there’s an […]