Archive for the ‘Visualization’ Category

Who knows who on Twitter?

Monday, November 17th, 2008

One thing I always thought was missing from Twitter is a ‘followers in common’ feature.  I think I have found a solution with Tweet Wheel, and I must say it could not be better visualized.  Check out my tweet wheel below, you can interact with it on the site, highlighting which friends know each other.

Also check out how annoying it would be to follow me on Twitter with Follow Cost.

Web 2.0rigami

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

After creating my Twitter bird logo in an origami style a week ago, I wondered what other icons would look good all origamized.  Turns out a few of the web 2.0 apps/sites look great, so I decided to create a little collection for everyone to use as they see fit.  I suppose you could look at these with the view that web 2.0 companies can be extremely beautiful objects, yet are still very fragile and can be crushed instantly.

You can download the set of 15 below, which includes the origami icons in a variety of sizes in transparent pngs, and the PSD and EPS files.

Let me know what you think of them, and feel free to suggest any other ones to include.  I had a bit of fun with IE for all you web designers out there ;)

Web 2.0rigami [All files, PSD, EPS, transparent pngs]

Web 2.0rigami [Transparent Pngs]

Web 2.0rigami [PSD file]

Web 2.0rigami [EPS file]

Follow me on Twitter to find out more about my next creations.

Change for America

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

This illustration speaks for itself.

Tokyo Tuesday

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Wanna know what Japan is up to?  Tokyo Tuesday is the place to be!

“Let’s jump right into this: Japan has the absolute best census in the history of my known world. Not only does it include normal things like age, sex, and the height of each of your pets, but it also legitimizes the gossipy question of What Are You Doing Right Now? Japan slapped a bunch of people with notebooks and a sacred Numbers Mission: keep a log of what you do during the day, in fifteen minute intervals. And those people did!”

This visualization project is the work of Soma, from Brooklyn, and looks at the everyday life of the Japanese people.  Do you want to find out just how many women with part-time jobs are walking their dog at 3am?  This project will tell you with the help of some lovely colourful graphic timelines.  The design is perfect, really simple and, even though it’s difficult to figure out exactly whats going on from first visiting the site, you are drawn into the project and persevere to find out the intricacies of this project.

Its projects like this this which encourage me to kick start my own vis projects, while giving me bucketloads of inspiration at the same time.  Another different approach to visualization is Toby Ng’s World of 100 project, one of the simplest vis projects I have come across so far.  A series of posters which shows various statistics based on the premise that if the world were a village of 100 people.  The posters have a variety of images which are split in some way to show the different statistics.

I must admit that I did chuckle when I saw the image for the sexual orientation poster.

Some striking images and so well excecuted.  I have now got a range of ideas for my visualization project.  I had originally planned on pursuing a more computer/coding based project but the World of 100 project has shown me that it could be much much simpler and still have a dramatic effect using my Illustration skills.  It is often the case that I over complicate things so the inspiration from this project should make me think clearer.

A couple of other Visualization sites which inspire me include Infosthetics [Above], which explores the symbiotic relationship between creative design and the field of information visualization, and TweetStats [Below], which shows you just how addicted you are to Twitter.  I’m getting there but not quite on Stephen Fry’s level yet :)