Here we go folks. Another year has passed. We review what was big and major trends in 2013 and what to expect in 2014.
We have two old DS friends on the show to help us with the review: Andy “Visualisingdata” Kirk and Robert “Eagereyes” Kosara.
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- Periscopic’s U.S. Gun Deaths
- Pitch Interactive’s Drones
- NYT’s Silkroad and Snowfall
- Wealth Inequality Video
- Interactive Things’ NZZ Swiss Maps
- Sketchy Rendering for InfoVis
- Age of Buildings (pointillistic cartography)
- Nanocubes: Fast Visualization of Large Spatiotemporal Datasets
- Washington Post’s Shots heard around the District
- Density Design’s RAW Visualization Tool
- New Blogs: http://wtfviz.net/ | http://helpmeviz.com/ | http://thumbsupviz.com/
- Book: Design for Information (Robert’s Review)
- Nate Silver’s Five Thirty Eight and the Vis Job Opening
- Tableau Story Points
- Infoactive – Kickstarter Vis Tool Project
I have to respectfully disagree with Enrico about D3, Tableau, and R being the only necessary tools. I love all of those tools; they’re great for their own purposes. However, there’s a HUGE gap where these tools meet creativity. That’s why I think there are so many new tools popping up like RAW, Infoactive, all the infographic tools, etc. I think there’s still a long way to go for these tools to meet the needs of people outside of the BI world.
Kim – is your concern that tools like D3 are not easy for non-programers (i.e. creative types) to use?
Sorry for my late reply Kim. I would be curious to hear more what are the specific needs that are not covered by these tools. Anyway, I think my point was more that it’s better to have a few very well established tools than a huge jungle of little libraries and tools. When you have to invest on learning a new tool you want to know that: 1) there is enough documentation and community 2) the tool is not going to disappear next year. That said, I am all for variety and choice. It’s just that too many options, when the options are not solid enough, does not seem a good condition.
Thanks for the show guys. Great links too. I enjoyed them all.
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