HÜB: A Space for Visualization

HÜB: A Space for Visualization

Much of the time, visualization consumption is a solitary activity taking place on the private screens of laptops and smartphones. But sometimes it is good to view visualizations in a social setting.

One of the most important factors in enabling this is the venue. Imagine looking for a table where you are not bothering some other party, searching endlessly for a plug to charge your laptop, or having to use a table in a restaurant where your group’s total order is $11 for drinks you sip over several hours, annoying the servers trying to seat higher paying customers.

The optimal physical space for viewing visualizations in a social setting should encourage people to gather and discuss. It should not be set up in a way that leaves comfort and networking as an afterthought. The acoustics should be such that people can easily talk at a normal volume and hear each other.... keep reading

The Seasons According to San Francisco

Growing up in the Midwest, I experienced something that those born and living in sunny California have not: seasons. A Midwestern July, for example, is incredibly hot and sticky, approaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit and humid. During summer, tall grey clouds frequently appear, pouring buckets of water and shooting spears of fire at houses. In... keep reading

Credit Where It’s Due: Challenges in Sourcing Infographics

Many infographics are sourced with data sets, databases or long lists of URLs. These kinds of sources are invaluable when they exist and contain relevant and accurate data, but there is an underused network of information that’s a little harder to Google: real-life conversations with people. It can be all too easy to never... keep reading