We just updated our Charts site. Look how many amazingly beautiful charts you can now create with infogr.am All of them are combinable in cool, animated infographics as you may expect. Everything from a simple bar chart to treemaps, word clouds, stream graphs and gauge. Fine-tuned for data journalism needs. So, check it out and create some cool online charts (see examples).
Using data from the New York City police department, WNYC mapped all street stops by police that resulted in the recovery of a gun last year. The map shows an interesting pattern. We located all the “hot spots” where stop and frisks are concentrated in the city, and found that most guns were recovered on people outside those hot spots—meaning police aren’t finding guns where they’re looking the hardest. Full Story.
The Copy Editor: Wants to map until it hurts, WNYC-style.
The initiative, based at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), will facilitate research into data visualization and its implications for academia and industry in a world increasingly awash with data. The project will explore data visualization applications in various fields, including journalism, science, medicine and public health, law, architecture, planning and political science and utilize experts from the university, Thomson Reuters and outside researchers.
The hardest working person in data visualization is, hands down, Stephanie Posavec. She calls herself a “Data Illustrator who doesn’t code,” and she spent 3 weeks marking up a copy of Kerouac’s “On the Road” to prove it. Rather than using Excel or a database, Stephanie used different colored markers and special annotation to gather the data. She hand sketches all of her concepts and hand designs each final piece. She describes this as “Obsession as a Design Solution” and I definitely think it draws her closer to her subject matter than most other practitioners in the field. She’s able to create a very personal relationship with the data and the subject. As she talked about her process, it was almost like she was figuring out what she does and how she does it while giving her talk. Regarding algorithms to do the same tasks, she remarked that what she does is unique and has no algorithms - “nobody’s figured out how to do that yet with computers, so maybe human is a good way” she quipped.