Colorful Quotes and Thoughts, Visualized

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We simply love these hand drawn graphics based on quotes from literary and science greats. Each is an insightful look into the nature of humans and the nature of the universe. Produced as part of an ongoing series called Illuminating Quotes, Visualised by Maggie Appleton, each is a window into wisdom from around the world.

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HTML5 Experiments by Form Follows Function

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HTML5 is quickly revolutionizing the way we use the internet, giving us both a beautifully performing and beautifully useful web experience. From pages with details that overlap as you scroll to visualizations which play music you control, it is making the internet as we know it, a far more user friendly place to be. Now Jongmin Kim of Form Follows Function is creating a series of 20 visualizations using the new edition of the web standard… and they are seriously fun to play with.

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How Do Our Brains Semantically Map the Things We See?

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At last- neurological research that doesn’t take a brain surgeon to understand it! Researchers from the Gallant Lab at UC Berkeley placed subjects under an MRI while they watched videos with thousands of items labeled by words. They were able to map which part of the brain was stimulated by each word and noticed that similar objects were grouped close to one another. With their research data, they created the first interactive map of how the brain organizes these categories. Interestingly, all of the different people shared a similar semantic map.

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Visualizing the Intertwined Categories on Reddit

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The continuously growing community of Reddit, with over 3 billion page views per month, has something for everyone. But how exactly does one subreddit link to the next? In this amazing interactive visualization by Andrei Kashcha each dot represents a subreddit and each link reveals a references to other subreddits in that category’s about section. The visualization shows the magnitude of what a gigantic web the site has become and can also help you navigate the overwhelming network to find the categories right for you.

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How an Interactive Designer Sees Breakfast

Just what do you see when you’re eating cereal for breakfast? Some literal thinkers might see just what’s there – a bowl of cereal, something to eat and provide nourishment. Individuals with a bit more artistic inclination might see the stars of the sky spreading across the Milky Way, or a surreal pond filled with edible lilly pads. What Visual and Interactive Designer Ed Lea sees is a visual metaphor for web products. His graphic featured here looks at how such a designer could interpret their breakfast.

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Where Did My Tweet Go? 3D Chart of Your Twitter Reach

What happens when you send out a tweet into the wilds of the internet? Does it soar to the heights of Twitter stardom or bomb with nary a retweet? Even now, it’s pretty difficult to see with any certainty information about your 140 character message: like who you’ve reached, the number of retweets after it’s left your direct circle of connections or how large that group actually is. Now, along with a few other projects, Where Did My Tweet Go? is planning to soon offer a solution that is as functional as it is visually attractive.

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Innovation Barometer: Business Execs Weigh In

Now this is a great way to visualize a survey. For the second year running, GE has asked senior business executives the world over (2,800 to be exact) to weigh in with their opinions on 5 different dimensions of innovation: the role of government, new models of innovation, spurring innovation, innovation culture, innovation actors and optimism from innovation.

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A Flashy Year of Snapshots Around The World

On any given day, could you say where the most photographs where being snapped around the world? It would be hard to say, except with this new visualization. Using data from around the web, including a healthy dose of imagery from flickr, Triposo has put together a world map that literally flickers with photographic activity. Different countries light up according to their most significant holidays, events and seasons.

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How The New York Times Tracks Twitter Secrets in 3D

For those of us that use Twitter, it’s an often mysterious and intangible process that happens once we hit the “tweet” button and our 140 character expression is launched out to the web universe. What is the impact of a single tweet? Who hears our message and who shares it? Where does it travel once it has left our hands? These and other questions have been difficult to visualize, considering Twitters rather slippery nature… until now, when the New York Times R&D Lab has been perfecting a system they call Cascade.

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When Were Words Popular? PopSci Archive Explorer

If you’ve ever wondered about the popularity of topics through time, this new interactive archive of Popular Science magazine is just the thing. With the help of a team at Google, the entire catalog of 1,563 Popular Science issues starting at the magazines inception in 1872 has been archived, creating a set of mineable data totaling 1.35-gigabytes. By using both a visual calendar and a circular animation of dates, users of the new Archive Explorer can see when words and terms were popular based on the number of times they appeared in that month issue. Especially interesting is observing when words like “internet” and “communist” came into use. Check it out for yourself at popsci.com

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