Representing mind-boggling differences
Wednesday, October 17, 2012By Kevin den Dulk
The New York Times’ “Opinionator” has a fascinating article on “Visualizing Vastness,” that is, how to represent visually things or ideas that are really, really big. A classic example is Charles and Ray Eames’ “Power of Ten,” which takes us from the vastness of the universe to the atomic level in less than ten minutes.
Read to the end for a discussion about representing another example of vast differences: economic inequality in the United States.
Visualizing Public Life Contest
Thursday, September 20, 2012By Andrew Disselkoen
Visualizing Public Life is a rare opportunity to develop cutting-edge visualization skills. But being involved in a contest doesn’t naturally produce cutting-edge and inspiring visualization. Skills must be developed. Look here for visualization workshop details as well as a downloadable one page information sheet.
October 9, 16, 30, 2012
DCC 110, 6-9pm
November 1, 6, 2012
Visualization open house
DCC 110, 6-9pm
March 15, 2013
March 25-27, 2013
Public display at Henry Symposium
How big is government? Visualizing U.S. government expenditure
Thursday, September 13, 2012By Andrew Disselkoen
In the heat of an election, one often wonders just how big is government? Is government spending out of control? How much does government spend on health care, defense, or another sector of the economy? Hopefully these visualizations will help you grasp the size of government spending.
Click “Read More” to see the graphics.
The Value of Money
Tuesday, September 04, 2012By Andrew Disselkoen
Almost everyday politicians, journalists, and lobbyists bombard the public with the financial costs of various government programs, corporate profits, or wage inequality. Money is distributed in countless ways, but it is often difficult to determine how much something costs. One can throw around numerals in the millions, billions, or even trillions, but comprehending the magnitude of those figures escapes most. Not anymore. Randall Munroe’s “Money” provides a map as to the value of money and the costs of within the economy. Costs are relative and this visualization shows how expensive some things really are.
Finding a Color Scheme
Wednesday, August 29, 2012By Andrew Disselkoen
Building a color scheme that works well with your visualization can be a daunting task. Unless you have extensive training in graphic design or art, finding colors that work together can easily stall any visualization project. While standard colors work for internal use, custom color palettes bring a level of professionalism to any presentation. Give your presentation a professional touch!
Below are three helpful references for finding a great color palette: