• Austin Round posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    Thanks Tom! And thanks for taking a crack at the tooltips. I got something functional on my chloropeth project; it looks like you and I took a similar approach, too.

    I’m going to revisit this bar chart project this weekend and see if I can make the legend/axis labeling more intuitive (rather than just variable names) and maybe add some animation,…[Read more]

  • It seems I’m at a point where I need to define what my goal is/has been for this course, since I don’t think I have explicitly stated it quite yet.
    Looking at my projects thus far, it seems like a crass men […]

  • It seems I’m at a point where I need to define what my goal is/has been for this course, since I don’t think I have explicitly stated it quite yet.

    Looking at my projects thus far, it seems like a crass […]

  • Getting the force directed graph functional in d3 was a good start, but it clearly needs some tuning up.
     
    For starters, the uniform fill color needs to be changed. Network graphs are interesting visualizations […]

  • Getting the force directed graph functional in d3 was a good start, but it clearly needs some tuning up.

     

    For starters, the uniform fill color needs to be changed. Network graphs are interesting […]

  • One phrase that comes up in most of the Stack Overflow threads I’ve seen (which is a lot; I think Stack Overflow has become my visited website since starting this course) is “the d3 way of doing things”.
    The name […]

  • One phrase that comes up in most of the Stack Overflow threads I’ve seen (which is a lot; I think Stack Overflow has become my visited website since starting this course) is “the d3 way of doing thi […]

    • That’s a really impressive post!

      I partially fixed the tooltip issue. Take a look at that and I think you’ll be able to iterate it into what you want. I used this block to get the basics moving.

      • Thanks Tom! And thanks for taking a crack at the tooltips. I got something functional on my chloropeth project; it looks like you and I took a similar approach, too.

        I’m going to revisit this bar chart project this weekend and see if I can make the legend/axis labeling more intuitive (rather than just variable names) and maybe add some animation, I’ll keep you posted.

  • Network analysis is a unique theoretical and methodological approach to sociology that I happened to stumble into last semester. At its most basic, network analysis can help us understand networks not just in […]

  • Network analysis is a unique theoretical and methodological approach to sociology that I happened to stumble into last semester. At its most basic, network analysis can help us understand networks not just in […]

    • I fixed up your install so that iframes will go in with less drama. If any fail to work the way you want let me know and I’ll take a deeper look.

      Some things to think about
      While you could set the logo as the background on nodes greater than size X . . . I like the idea of colors to delineate organizational types better. I think that’s likely to reinforce the kind of pattern analysis you’re looking for. That’s me guessing though.

      The issue I’ve seen in the past when trying to do some similar work with logos is that there is often little pattern between companies/organizations in terms of size and shape (unless you’re dealing with fairly large companies who tend to have a variety of patterns/sizes). Even when the organizations have the content it takes far more time to gather than you may want to spend. I think it would be visually attractive but may not be worth the time and effort given it’d add little to the kind of thinking/understanding that I think you’re trying to create.

      I see you’re pulling the data from Google Sheets via the CSV option. That’s very handy. In case you were unaware, Google Sheets also has a JSON variant of that which can be handy at times. If the spreadsheet is published as HTML, you can then go a URL pattern like this and get the JSON. The number following the SS ID is the SS page you’d like to access. Just another option that might make life easier depending on your goals.

      https://spreadsheets.google.com/feeds/list/THE_SS_ID_GOES_HERE/1/public/values?alt=json

      One of the things that’s interesting when you make examples like this is the ability to reference the ID of the Google Sheet (or other data sources) as a URL parameter. You can see that in this Twitter network visualizer. As long at the data structure is the same, it becomes an easy way to switch data sources or enable other people to use your visualization with their data. I’ve built a few examples that use the WordPress API or Google Sheets as the data source if you want to see what that looks like at some point.

    • Any progress to report? Things going ok?

  • This week the theme is simplify, simplify, simplify. One of my past professors used to tell me I had a propensity to get “lost in the weeds” with my work; I get so fixated on the minutia of my projects that I for […]

  • This week the theme is simplify, simplify, simplify. One of my past professors used to tell me I had a propensity to get “lost in the weeds” with my work; I get so fixated on the minutia of my projects that I […]

  • Austin Round posted a new activity comment 1 year, 9 months ago

    Simile is much more in line with the presentation I was hoping for with this assignment, I will definitely keep it in mind for future iterations! I will probably switch over to CodePen if that’s preferable.

    I managed to get something operational using Highcharts’ scatterplot functions; it’s a bit Frankensteinian but Highcharts has a lot of the…[Read more]

    • This theme doesn’t make seeing links easy does it? I think you should have the ability to tweak it, if you’d like, through the custom CSS options Appearance>customize>additional CSS. I could also tweak it if that’s helpful.

      Highcharts is a pretty good library. The good and bad about right now is that there are so many options. Sorting through…[Read more]

  • Austin Round posted a new activity comment 1 year, 9 months ago

    At present, I do not have a portfolio of visualizations ready for presentation; I have maybe four or five network visualizations I could use from my past coursework, but I’m not certain I would want to showcase them as indicators of my “best” work.

    In the long term, I see my portfolio as a place to showcase finished products, while utilizing a…[Read more]

  • I should preface this post by saying that my grasp of coding languages is tenuous at best. Most of my background is html and css stems from coding Myspace profile themes for my friends in the mid-2000’s, and I w […]

  • I should preface this post by saying that my grasp of coding languages is tenuous at best. Most of my background is html and css stems from coding Myspace profile themes for my friends in the mid-2000’s, and I […]

    • If you just want to get moving with a timeline, the Simile timeline stuff is pretty functional and can be made not to look so ugly. I’ve run it off Google Sheets for the data previously.

      I tend to use CodePen for my demo stuff but the free version isn’t very good for collaboration. I think the same thing is true for JSFiddle.

      • Simile is much more in line with the presentation I was hoping for with this assignment, I will definitely keep it in mind for future iterations! I will probably switch over to CodePen if that’s preferable.

        I managed to get something operational using Highcharts’ scatterplot functions; it’s a bit Frankensteinian but Highcharts has a lot of the aesthetic flexibility that I was looking for in a coding library so I rode it out. I have a live sample up on JSFiddle here, although I agree that the collaboration features leave a lot to be desired. I’ll have a write up about the code and my process later this afternoon!

        • This theme doesn’t make seeing links easy does it? I think you should have the ability to tweak it, if you’d like, through the custom CSS options Appearance>customize>additional CSS. I could also tweak it if that’s helpful.

          Highcharts is a pretty good library. The good and bad about right now is that there are so many options. Sorting through them can be a pain but you can usually find something pretty decent if you’re willing to look around.

          I’ll be interested in seeing how the process went for you.

  • Admittedly, a portfolio of visual works is not something I have had to consider up to this point in my ongoing will-they-won’t-they relationship with graduate school.
    I started my search on the Information is B […]

  • Admittedly, a portfolio of visual works is not something I have had to consider up to this point in my ongoing will-they-won’t-they relationship with graduate school.

    I started my search on the Information is […]

    • It’s always strange to me when practitioners of a discipline don’t embody that discipline in their own sites/portfolios. It’s like when graphic design syllabi are just ill-considered default Word documents or seeing typos on an editor’s site. I’d love to see a data visualization-based navigation of the Information is Beautiful awards. A good faceted search option would also get at some of the issues you raise.

      Visual Cinnamon is a WordPress site and it uses the the Multicorp theme. One way to spot the tool used to build sites is to flip into view source mode, many CMS tools will have particular URL patterns you can spot. WordPress sites tend to have wp-includes or wp-content that are easy to pick out on a quick scan.

      How man visualizations do you have to show currently? Are you looking to show just final products or use that as a way to discuss/show your progress.?

      • At present, I do not have a portfolio of visualizations ready for presentation; I have maybe four or five network visualizations I could use from my past coursework, but I’m not certain I would want to showcase them as indicators of my “best” work.

        In the long term, I see my portfolio as a place to showcase finished products, while utilizing a blog structure (such as this!) to showcase works in progress. In terms of developing that portfolio, I draw a lot of inspiration from sites like fivethirtyeight and DataSketch.es that create find unique or off-kilter datasets to flex their visualization prowess (the Prince’s Top Billboard Hits visualization from fivethirtyeight is a personal favorite). Obviously I want my visualizations to showcase the data for my sociological work, I also want my portfolio to be a demonstration of my abilities and design choices with these tools more broadly.

  • One of the basic tenants of writing and publishing of social science research is that your language should be as accessible and approachable as possible; for example, your thesis about disparities in educational […]

  • One of the basic tenants of writing and publishing of social science research is that your language should be as accessible and approachable as possible; for example, your thesis about disparities in educational […]

    • That’s a beautiful set of questions.

      What program did you use to make the original network visualization?

      I’ve seen some pretty solid examples that knit r and d3.js together to get the interactive elements you’re looking for (but without the significant issues associated with using Flash). Keshif and Tableau are very solid paths to this sort of interaction as well. That balance between accepting the limits of whatever tool and taking on the additional load of building something more independently is something I deal with daily.

      What kind of experience have you had with Tableau, Keshif, or other tools like that? Any links to things you’ve built previously?

  • “Diversity plus freedom of choice creates inequality, and
    the greater the diversity, the more extreme the inequality.”
    Clay Shirky, Power Laws, Weblogs and
    Inequality

     

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