Jason Kottke points to a a beautiful collection of literary maps by Stefanie Posavec. Meanwhile over on A List Apart there’s a new article by Wilson Miner called Accessible Data Visualization with Web Standards. He shows some of the nifty CSS tricks he used on EveryBlock. The end results are very impressive though I don’t necessarily agree with the assertion that
when what we’re really building is navigation, tables are an awkward and often clumsy tool for the job — I still think that
tables would have been not just semantically correct but also malleable enough with CSS. But I’m nitpicking. It’s a great article.
There was oodles of data visualisation goodness at BarCamp Brighton 2 courtesy of Robin Harrison. Check out the links from his presentation. As well as the Tufte favourite of Napoleon’s Russian invasion map, he mentioned Florence Nightingale’s map of mortality causes which reminded me of the cholera map of London. That is the subject of the newest book from Steven Johnson called The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World.
There are some fine examples of data visualisation over at the New York Times:
- Is it better to buy or rent?
- The Ebb and Flow of Movies: Box Office Receipts 1986 - 2007
- A map of election campaign finances
- Casualties of war
Some more data visualisation: