Short answer: Yes, absolutely you can run a zoom focus group during Covid-19, and it can work out really well. I just finished moderating three focus groups for an arts organization. Moderating focus groups has become a very enjoyable part of my data practice. It is a far cry from my typical data visualization work … Continue reading Can you run a successful Focus Group via Zoom during Covid-19?
Every data visualization and information design project involves data cleaning and preparation. Love it or hate it (most people feel the later), 'data munging' is a necessary step and unique skill in the creation of good work. The Python library Pandas provides a terrific set of tools to do just that. The Wikipedia page for … Continue reading Using Pandas for quick data cleaning and preparation
Creative Code Review is intended to be an open inclusive, friendly and informal community that supports and learns from one another. An ideal result of participating in a code review will be that you learn something, build a greater sense of community and hopefully get a great feeling of having helping someone else!
Notes and Resources I gave a talk at last night’s CreateInTO event and it went really well! I very much appreciate that people came out on a cold, rainy October night. The talk was about my experiences in using Processing and P5.js for prototyping and data visualization. I used examples from two recent projects, Visualizing … Continue reading CreateInTo Talk Follow-up
I will be presenting a few of my recent Genetic Algorithm and Data Viz projects at CreateInTo in Toronto on October 30th. Location and ticket info can be found on the CreateInTo page here. The projects I’ll be talking about run the gamut from Genetic Algorithms, Data Visualization and Physical Installations. The connective thread between … Continue reading Presenting Genetic Algorithms, Data Viz and Physical Installations at CreateInTo on October 30
Screencaps of a Work in Progress How much does the UN spend each year? Where does that money go? Who's spending it? Is it concentrated in a few countries or evenly spread around the world?? To answer some of these questions for myself, I started where I always start. With the data!! A quick search … Continue reading Visualizing $23 Billion in UN Agency Funding
The Travelling Salesperson Problem is a famous problem in computer science. The gist of it is as follows: "Given a list of cities and the distances between each pair of cities, what is the shortest possible route that visits each city and returns to the origin city?" It is an NP-hard problem in combinatorial optimization, … Continue reading Visualizing a Genetic Algorithm Attempting to Solve the Travelling Salesperson Problem
What are the limits of small multiples? At what point do the charts lose their individual meaning and blend back into a single, collective image/pattern? This is a quick experiment using bar graphs with random values to test the visual limits of small multiples.
I'm working on an(other) idea inspired by a Sol LeWitt wall drawing. And, my favourite tool for this type of work is do the prototyping in Processing. This one is inspired by "Ifs Ands or Buts", 1973. LeWitt's drawing uses the simple instruction of "All ifs ands or buts connected by green lines". "Ifs Ands … Continue reading Prototyping in Processing to test an idea…
I put together some code and work-in-progress photos to document a project I finished a year ago. The project was to implement Sol LeWitt’s rules for his Wall Drawing 146A and draw it on a wall in my home office. The instructions are seemingly very simple. "All two-part combinations of blue arcs from corners and … Continue reading Recreating Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing 146A in code