I must admit I’ve been wincing a little every time I see a graph with a logarithmic scale in a news article about COVID-19. It takes quite a bit of cognitive work to translate to a linear scale and get the real story.
Correlation does not imply causation.
How cartography made early modern global trade possible.
Maps and legends. Beautiful!
Tom makes an endpoint for generating QR codes so you don’t have to rely on the Google Charts API.
He also provides a good definition of “serverless”:
Now, serverless is a very silly buzzword dreamed up by someone from the consultant class who love coming up with terrible names, so I promise I won’t use it any further. Your code obviously run on a server. It just means it runs on a server someone else manages.
Amazon call it a ‘Lambda Function’. Google call it a ‘Cloud Function’. Microsoft Azure call it simply a ‘Function’. But none of those are very descriptive, because, well, anyone who writes any kind of programming language generally writes functions pretty much all the time in much the same way as anyone who writes English writes paragraphs, and we don’t call our blogging software “Cloud Paragraphs”. (Someone will now, I’m guessing.)
These diagrams of early networks feel like manuscripts that you’d half expect to be marked with “Here be dragons” at the edges.
This is a nifty visualisation by Hui Jing. It’s really handy to have elements categorised like this:
- Root elements
- Interactive elements
- Document metadata
- Tabular data
- Grouping content
- Embedded content
- Text-level semantics
These are beautiful!
Featured below is a chronology of various attempts through the last four centuries to visually organise and make sense of colour.
If you’re prepping your defences against the snooper’s charter (and you/I should be), Andy recommend using NordVPN.
This could be a handy replacement for some Google Charts images of graphs. It uses SVG and is responsive by default.
I bet it wouldn’t be too tricky to use this to make some sparklines.
What a lovely bit of progressive enhancement—styling data tables to display as charts.
This sounds like it could be a very useful tool to introduce early in projects to get a shared understanding of progressive enhancement.
And that’s why you always use progressive enhancement!
A nice little pattern for generating a swish timeline in SVG from a plain ol’ definition list in HTML.
Beautiful visualisations of science and nature.
Made with love by a designer with a molecular biology degree.