Yes you can, I’ve done it – at least I’ve done it for the lower 48 states. The better questions to consider are “Should you …?”, or maybe “What are the pros and cons of such a map type”. Or perhaps “How on earth did you do it?” and the related “Why?” First of all, […]
What happens when you combine map visualisation types?
It’s been a while since I posted – but I wanted to draw attention to one of my recent visualisations and the design thought processes behind it. I’m going through a stage of having a lot of half-finished ideas, not to mention busy times professionally, so in order to get something completed, I wanted to […]
Why do we visualise using triangles?
OK, so the title to this is a deliberate reference to an earlier post: Why do we visualise using circles? That particular post celebrated Manuel Lima’s amazing book and went over many of the opinions that people have expressed about circles in data visualisation – love them or hate them. But what about triangles? I don’t […]
When are two maps better than one?
This post refers to a recent visualisation of mine which aimed to look at poverty rates across the 47 prefectures (regions) of Japan. Because each individual prefecture was reported with average poverty rates, and therefore each had the same amount of importance placed on it regardless of size or population (and because I love tile […]
Which chart types are most engaging?
Before you skim down or look for a summary of my response to this particular dataviz question, I’m not even going to try and answer this question. I will at least discuss it though in the context of a recent project I created. First of all, here are two similar but different outputs of the […]
How do you tile the world?
This post isn’t a strategy debate for the local DIY superstore, but rather a question about tile maps. We’ve seen tile maps for countries, regions and continents (many of my own efforts referenced here) but what about a tile map for the whole world? Before I go too far into this, this isn’t so much […]
So, what were the chances of that?!
This weekend (I’m writing this on a Tuesday evening) there’s the deadline for entering the second feeder contest for Iron Viz. Iron Viz is one of the highlights of every Tableau Conference, where three winners of the feeder contests perform on stage in front of 12000 or so people to produce an amazing viz in […]
Which shapes work well with tile maps?
Last year I posted about tile maps and the fun I had devising one for Africa in particular. My approach up to that point was simple – just devising a square grid, basically based on graph paper and an atlas. Or at least the slightly more up to date version of rows/columns in Excel and an […]