As any of you know that have been following the blog for a bit, I’m a big fan of graphic design, especially when used to visualize data! I was really seduced by the simplicity and beauty of these visualizations. I picked them up on information aesthetics. The guy behind them is Jose Duarte, and the idea behind them is even cooler. He’s created a handmade visualization toolkit that is a box full of everyday items: balloons, string, etc. The items can be used to create most of our common visualization charts: pies, bars, and line graphs. The visual result is really provocative. I’d love to use this in one of my classes.
Teaching a lot of visually sensitive graphic design majors in Math for Liberal Arts over the past 3 years has finally taken it’s toll. I was jotting out a couple of pie charts the other day, and just couldn’t help it.
My daughter is a fan of the “If you give a x a y” childrens books. We checked out Time for School, Mouse! from the library, and I got to this page and was immediately curious. Some of the expressions seem well formed, like , others seem like nonsense, . Anyone recognize anything familiar in there? Could this be an instance of math-washing, using the veneer of mathmatical coolness for one’s own non-mathematical ends?
I found the opening slide for my next lecture on graph theory. Check out the Taxali 300 exhibition for more great illustration.
Valentine’s day is coming be ready. Here’s the perfect gift for that geek/nerd in your life.