Choosing the right type of chart is an essential part of producing an effective data visualization. It’s pointless adding bells and whistles to something that’s fundamentally unsuited to the message you are trying to convey. The Financial Times Visual Journalism team have a Visual Vocabulary tool that helps them choose the correct chart for a […]
People can’t get their heads round very large (or small) numbers. This results in us being unable to reason about rare events or things that happen over long periods of time. When I was a child, my parents wanted me to walk to school through woodland rather than along the busy road. Makes sense—roads are […]
Security flaws in Apple’s Face ID are already being reported—masks being used to unlock phones and the inability to distinguish between close blood relatives. I don’t think this has surprised anyone involved in IT security. Last week a wife discovered her husband had been cheating on her after she unlocked his phone using his fingerprint […]
Scott Adams being depressingly insightful on project planning.
Karl Broman and Kara Woo offer some good advice on organizing data in spreadsheets. They advocate confining the use of spreadsheets to data entry and storage—moving calculations and visualizations to other tools. This certainly avoids some of the biggest problems with using spreadsheets. However, spreadsheets don’t enforce any discipline. It’s up to the user to […]