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A Big Article About Wee Things - ProPublica
And that's what this post is about: wee things. Specifically, the wee things that we see as part of graphics, maps, visualizations (wee things in space) as well as the wee things we experience as part of interactions, navigation, and usability (wee things in time). This means everything from sequences of small graphics that help us make comparisons, to tiny locator maps that help orient us within a larger graphic, to navigation icons that give hints about how we should make our way around a page.
article  design  data  interface  software  inspiration 
yesterday by markogara
New England Pumpkin Festival Erupts Into Violent Riot. Seriously, That Happened.
Tear gas, police in riot gear, rubber bullets, pepper spray, burned cars, dozens of injuries. Welcome to Keene, New Hampshire's annual Pumpkin Festival.
article  newhampshire  modernfarmer  editorial  riot 
yesterday by dwight
[1410.2217v1] Rise of the Rest: The Growing Impact of Non-Elite Journals
"First, the fraction of top-cited articles published in non-elite journals increased steadily over 1995-2013. While the elite journals still publish a substantial fraction of high-impact articles, many more authors of well-regarded papers in diverse research fields are choosing other venues.
The number of top-1000 papers published in non-elite journals for the representative subject category went from 149 in 1995 to 245 in 2013, a growth of 64%. Looking at broad research areas, 4 out of 9 areas saw at least one-third of the top-cited articles published in non-elite journals in 2013. For 6 out of 9 areas, the fraction of top-cited papers published in non-elite journals for the representative subject category grew by 45% or more.
Second, now that finding and reading relevant articles in non-elite journals is about as easy as finding and reading articles in elite journals, researchers are increasingly building on and citing work published everywhere. Considering citations to all articles, the percentage of citations to articles in non-elite journals went from 27% in 1995 to 47% in 2013. Six out of nine broad areas had at least 50% of citations going to articles published in non-elite journals in 2013. "
article  in:arxiv  google  scholar  journalology  bibliometrics  citationindexes 
yesterday by Ratcatcher
Magic Ink: Information Software and the Graphical Interface
An amazing discourse by Bret Victor.

"Although this paper presents a number of concrete design and engineering ideas, the larger intent is to introduce a “unified theory” of information software design, and provide inspiration and direction for progressive designers who suspect that the world of software isn’t as flat as they’ve been told."
article  programming  opinion 
yesterday by inuwali

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