I've long been interested in data visualization. One of my pet peeves at work is any table that's been inserted using the default settings for borders, probably the result of attending an Edward Tufte seminar years and years ago and remembering his very specific rules for reducing visual noise by minimizing table borders. (I conned an employer into footing the bill specifically because I'd get to keep a set of Tufte's famous books which were included in the admission price.)
- Edward Tufte Seeing With Fresh Eyes: Meaning, Space, Data, Truth
Didn't realize Tufte'd released another book. This can't possibly be the real table of contents. The all-caps. The linespacing, The centered text. Yikes. My eyes!
- O'Reilly Hands-On Data Visualization by Jack Dougherty and Ilya Ilyankou, open access web edition.
I need to make more time to get up to speed with the visualization tool, Observable. Everyone so often, one of their feature updates drops into my email and I'm reminded to give them another look. Here are some interesting visualization notebooks from their community:
- PRINT The Daily Heller: The Ageless Swoosh Celebrates Its 50th Jubilee
In 1971, Nike paid designer Carolyn Davidson $35 for a logo that conveyed motion and didn't look like the "stripes" used on Adidas shoes.
At the time, Nike's founder, Phil Knight said, "I don't love it, but it'll grow on me."
- It's Going Down How Antifascists Helped Push Back Against White Supremacists at Coeur d’Alene Pride
Normie bloc is effective! Blending in is good. If the goal is to keep everyone safe, and wearing black bloc has a big chance of escalating, don’t wear black bloc.
- American Affairs Journal Iconoclasm of the Vanities: Why We Are Destroying Statues
- AIGA Eye on Design Today’s Design Is Shaped by Likes. And That’s a Problem: Design has become intertwined with the most harmful dynamics of the social web
- Collider Why Lilo Pelekai’s Complexities Make Her One of Disney’s Best Protagonists
- British Psychological Society Top performers don’t always provide the best advice
or, "Why watching YouTube tutorials may be more effective than celebrity courses on MasterClass"
- Washington Post Opinion: The lesson from Uvalde? America has too many police departments.
I saw this posted on Reddit and the comments from non-Americans were illuminating in terms of the vast differences in how policing is organized in other countries. While there are good reasons to resist a national police function, the balkanization of public safety in the US presents its own massive problems.
- Protocol The real reasons Big Tech hates unions
- Elephant Licence to Chill: Why Is Lofi Girl Our Dream Study Partner?