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Descriptive Camera
"Modern digital cameras capture gobs of parsable metadata about photos such as the camera's settings, the location of the photo, the date, and time, but they don't output any information about the content of the photo. The Descriptive Camera only outputs the metadata about the content." Lovely: a camera powered by Mechanical Turk.
camera  design  information  hardware  naturallanguage  mechanicalturk 
april 2012 by infovore
Children of Troy « Snarkmarket
"Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people - people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book." Both the letters described, and Robin's point, are beautiful.
libraries  books  learning  information  knowledge  robinsloan 
june 2011 by infovore A Few good men
"The recent generation of young turks is doubtless having fun with data scrawling but at some point it will pass people by unless there is a purpose or utility to it. They've got the engagement sorted. These things are mostly usable. What they are not is useful.

That is where people like Few come in. They work in analytics - using data for decision making. They are ideal real-life mentors, solving real life problems. They can point the way to thinking of these apps as tools for whatever outcomes." Max is right - it's a great blog. Good spot.
data  visualisation  informatics  information  stephenfew  blog 
april 2011 by infovore
In Bloom « Bloom Blog
"The ways in which people interact with computation are changing swiftly as we move into more casual relationships with our digital services on tablets, big screens, and across social networks. We believe we have some compelling answers about how digital experiences will evolve into these new contexts. Please, follow along with us and explore these playful, dynamic instruments of discovery together." These guys are going to be worth keeping a very beady eye on; what a team.
bloom  visualisation  information  data  design  friends 
february 2011 by infovore
Making the Physical from the Digital « Random Hacks
"Ben O'Steen's talk from OKFN; lots of nice little things in here about preserving data and opening it up into a variety of forms."
papernet  paper  printing  information  data  archiving 
april 2010 by infovore The Best Fast Food Receipt
Receipt as information design. Cabel is right: why do you get this *after* the meal? Other than that: an interesting move, and good use of space.
health  food  information  design  informationdesign  nutrition 
october 2009 by infovore
Graphic Presentation - a set on Flickr
"Some pages from Willard Cope Brinton's second book (1939)". Very, very lovely.
graphics  charts  design  diagrams  books  data  information  infoviz 
september 2009 by infovore
we are all screen readers now (tecznotes)
"Fast-forward ten years, and I'm now using all those accessibility features on a daily basis. At some point during the dot-com bust it turned out that the written word was the payload, and regular people started using alternative (browsing) devices to access text from the web. Arguments about device-independent, semantic markup and graceful degradation suddenly have an additional halo of legitimacy because they affect everyone."
text  web  reading  mikemigurski  words  information  accessibility  content  semanticmarkup  doingitright 
june 2009 by infovore
Animation: Target's Spread Across The U.S.
"Not to be outdone (well, maybe a little outdone), we've combed through hours of imaginary data here at Consumerist HQ and put together a similar animation that illustrates Starbucks' explosive growth over the past 20 years. Enjoy." I did.
animation  information  infographics  data  dataviz  starbucks  lol 
february 2009 by infovore
The little page of TRANSPORT CHAOS
Scrapes lots of things, produces a useful page which actually manages to stay up. Also, it spells TRANSPORT CHAOS the only way it should be spelt: in capitals.
information  uk  funny  scraping  travel  useful  transportchaos  transport 
february 2009 by infovore
See the data underlying our tax database | Business |
"Our team of investigative journalists has compiled a database from four years' worth of company accounts to show how much the FTSE 100 companies make in pre-tax profits, and how much they pay in tax. We have published this data as a user-friendly interactive guide at" But, as well as the user-friendly guide, there's also all the data. Bravo.
information  guardian  data  journalism  tax  datajournalism 
february 2009 by infovore
Slow data and the pleasure of automated nostalgia « TEST
"I’m much more interested in automated nostalgia than automated presence - data feeds that gradually acrue in your wake, rather than constantly dragging your focus on to the next five minutes." Yes.
information  narrative  history  data  visualisation  slow  pace 
january 2009 by infovore
News Knitter
"News Knitter converts information gathered from the daily political news into clothing. Live news feed from the Internet that is broadcasted within 24 hours or a particular period is analyzed, filtered and converted into a unique visual pattern for a knitted sweater. The system consists of two different types of software: whereas one receives the content from live feeds the other converts it into visual patterns, and a fully computerized flat knitting machine produces the final output. Each product, sweater of News Knitter is an evidence/result of a specific day or period."
visualization  information  clothing  news  knitting  clothes  textiles 
january 2009 by infovore
Dopplr Blog » Blog Archive » Dopplr presents the Personal Annual Report 2008: freshly generated for you, and Barack Obama…
"We’ve generated what we call the Personal Annual Report for all our users. It’s a unique-to-you PDF of data, visualisations and factoids about your travel in 2008, that we’re delivering over the next week via email to every Dopplr user who travelled in 2008. To give you an example, we thought we’d show you the Personal Annual Report of someone who’s had a very busy 2008 - President Elect Barack Obama." This is super-awesome. Can't wait for mine, no matter how small it is.
statistics  publishing  illustration  information  pdf  generation  informatics  dopplr 
january 2009 by infovore
Game Developers Conference 2009 - "Read Me: Closing the Readability Gap in Immersive Games"
"Current mass-market games present simulations of incredible fidelity. Many of these titles also push genre boundaries and offer new mechanics to players. The problem, argues Ubisoft’s Patrick Redding (FAR CRY 2), is that these two developments are disconnected. Game output appears information-rich, but how much of that information can the player actually use to play better, and how much of it is just there to be spectacular or cinematic?" I would pretty much kill to see this. Gah.
games  information  farcry2  talk  patrickredding  gdc2009  readability 
january 2009 by infovore
Down the Rabbit Hole of the Pentagon Graphics Machine. | The Art of Information
"I won’t rant about how our tax dollars pay for these images and how we deserve better. But what I do find alarming is that these documents are used to brief major decision makers. These decision makers may know a thing or two about policy and politics, but if decoding and understanding the armed forces budget is the goal of these documents, then there is a huge failure here." Datafail and slidecrime, all under one roof.
military  infographics  visualisation  data  information  charts 
november 2008 by infovore
Nodalities » Blog Archive » A data-centric view
"The point here, is that the flickr team did not wake up one morning and think: “You know, if we captured THIS kind of data, we could create this mashup; so let’s create an application.” Instead, they re-used data they were already capturing, and brought out something very interesting indeed. By creating tools which match their data (and could be used with other data of the same kinds), flickr is able to expose layers of value from the rich-pickings of their own data-cloud. The good stuff is where the data are." Yes, it is.
data  flickr  reuse  information  tools  geodata  mapping 
november 2008 by infovore
A format only robots could love (Phil Gyford: Writing)
"Some people love this kind of aggregation. Good for them. I, however, am human and my eyes glaze over when trying to comprehend a chronological stream of equally-weighted events, a format only robots could love. This is rubbish... There must be better ways of showing such “here’s what I’m up to” information." Phil talks about some problems he's been trying to solve with dashboard displays.
information  aggregation  dashboards  comments  philgyford 
november 2008 by infovore
russell davies: design engaged the second
"The dataspace of the well-tempered environment will soon be invaded by logos, credits, banners and offers. The financial temptations will, I suspect, be too hard to resist." Loads of excellent stuff in here besides this, though. Can't recommend enough.
ubicomp  spimes  design  spam  cities  totalexperiencedesign  data  visualisation  information  advertising 
october 2008 by infovore
Winner of the Personal Visualization Project is… | FlowingData
"The winner is Tim Graham who took manual personal data collection to another level. From email spam, to beverage consumption, to aches and pains, Tim embraced the spirit of self-surveillance. He even made his personal data available in the forums." Dataviz overload!
information  infoviz  dataviz  statistics  reporting  data  analysis  personal 
september 2008 by infovore
uxweek 2008 (tecznotes)
"Greebles are the parts that "look cool, but don't actually do anything". There's an entire discipline here composed of special effects artists and asset designers working to hide the plywood spaceships and simple game world polygons beneath an encrusted surface texture." And this is the trick to make the little bits look like part of a whole. Lovely talk from Mike at UXWeek.
uxweek  mikemigurski  information  data  effects  greebling  bumpmapping  mapping  visualisation  surface  webofdata  credibility 
august 2008 by infovore :: Git Iterator
"I wanted to generate some visualizations of our project’s growth, so I decided to put together a little shell script that looked at the output from git log to spit out some metrics." Ooh, nice one, Carlos!
git  visualisation  infographics  information  sourcecontrol  metrics  version 
july 2008 by infovore
Why Analytical Applications Fail: Juice Analytics
"Users need to see results before they can ask better, more detailed questions. These feedback loops provide critical learning. Users need to get to data as quickly and easily as possible. A screen without data is delayed progress."
analysis  data  representation  interaction  fisualisation  analytics  information  design  informationdesign  dataviz  infographics 
july 2008 by infovore
CKAN - Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network - Home
"CKAN is the Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network, a registry of open knowledge packages and projects (and a few closed ones). CKAN is the place to search for open knowledge resources as well as register your own."
ckan  package  management  knowledge  data  open  source  information 
july 2008 by infovore
RailRoad diagrams generator
"RailRoad is a class diagrams generator for Ruby on Rails applications." Much like MattB's original .dot generator, but perhaps a bit more advanced. Useful!
visualization  information  database  diagram  development  rubyonrails  ruby  rails 
may 2008 by infovore
Random Etc. - Data Visualisation Blogs You Might Not Know About
Tom Carden links up a few more visualisation blogs he's following that you might not have heard of.
dataviz  data  visualisation  datavisualisation  blog  informatics  information 
april 2008 by infovore Free Redistributable Data Sets of Every Kind
"The community is assembling and interconnecting the world's best repository for raw data -- a sort of giant free allmanac, with tables on everything you can put in a table."
data  free  information  tables  datasets  repository 
april 2008 by infovore
Social Design Notes: An Introduction to Information Design
"Visualizing Information: An Introduction to Information Design is a booklet I wrote and designed to introduce advocacy organizations to basic principles and techniques of information design."
information  design  informationdesign  infographics  visualisation  advocacy  lobbying 
february 2008 by infovore
Understanding productivity in the Information Age - MIT Sloan Newsroom
"researchers found that information workers whose strong e-mail networks allow them to receive new information sooner than their peers...are likely to be more productive than their less well-connected counterparts"
information  informationwork  knowledge  economy 
january 2008 by infovore
Anil Dash: toread is tobehuman
"Toread represents the idea that we can be the sum of the knowledge of everyone who’s ever preceded us, that given enough time we can absorb the cumulative learnings of humanity."
toread  tagging  learning  reading  community  knowledge  information 
july 2007 by infovore
Journler - Wherever Life Takes You
Note-taking application, designed as a big bucket to throw content at. Could be interesting.
software  mac  osx  notetaking  information  organisation 
march 2007 by infovore
feltron vii
FELTRON SEVEN: Mark Feltron's Annual Report, a beautiful (and entertaining) piece of information design, in which Felton summarises his past year as a corporate-style annual report.
information  visualisation  design  informationdesign  infographics  graphic  2006  typography  report 
january 2007 by infovore
GUUUI - Navigation blindness
Users' blindness to peripheral navigation elements
IA  information  arcihtecture  navigation  webdesign 
january 2005 by infovore

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