Lecture 8


(The Billion Dollar-o-Gram 2014, Jan)

Meaningless without context – needs relevance.
Purple is fighting, red money giving away, green profiteering
Allows connection towards money
Visualising the information turns it into a landscape, an information map.

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(Mountains Out of Molehills [Image] 2007).

Heights = Intensity of certain fears in the media

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(Mountains Out of Molehills [Image] 2007).

Patterns found – twin peaks everywhere in same month for video games
Christmas = resurgence
April = Columbine shooting, fear remains with media, retrospective and anniversary

Data is the new oil – ubiquitous resource to provide new resources

Data is the new soil – fertile creative medium, visualisations, graphics are flowers that bloom from this medium. Rather than just facts they are patterns.

“Peak break up times according to Facebook”

Spring break, post weekends, prior summer and Christmas.

Eye is sensitive to patterns and shape

Data as a language alters our perceptions and change our views.

Military budget with respect to GDP?

USA has biggest budget upwards of 600 billion yet Myanmar has biggest comparative to GDP.

Military size per 100,000?

China has the largest military due to it’s overwhelming population however South Korea has largest per 100,000.

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Snake Oil Supplements [Image] (2015).

Balloon Race Diagram
Bubbles correspond to popularity due to Google hits
Evidence are higher above line.
Visualisation is a form of knowledge compression, curating the data accordingly to space.
Filter out effects according to human health; natural ingredients, heart health.

This TED talk/lecture pod reimagined data visualisations by reshaping perceptions reflecting on patterns and adding context. Data is ultimately meaningless without context, a mere reflection on graphics and statistics unless it’s compared to create a narrative. We can parallel data with preexisting knowledge and change our views. With the Balloon Race Diagram we saw bubbles corresponding to popularity, equating data as a form of knowledge backed by scientific information. By altering the information we can then produce a real time change in data, allowing a graphic that becomes relevant with current

Reference List
McCandless, D. (2010, July). The beauty of data [Video file]. Retrieved from  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=

The Billion Dollar-o-Gram [Image] (2014, Jan). Retrieved  Oct 10 2018, from http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/billion-dollar-o-gram-2013/ 

Mountains Out of Molehills [Image] (2007). Retrieved  Oct 10 2018, from https://informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/mountains-out-of-molehills/

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