Zombies, HTML5 and Google Maps

Hmmm. File under… data visualization? Tag as zombies, survival, humor?

The Map of the Dead – Zombie Survival Map was built with HTML5’s geolocation functionality, the Google Places API, and Google Maps’ stylized maps feature. Designed by Doejo, It’s simple and, though it could have used a more robust feature-set (those little place icons could tell a good story), it nonetheless has a clean, simple interface and three toggling map views (map, danger zone and no danger zone).

Map of the Dead - Zombie Survival Map

Legos as a data visualization tool?

Yep, according to GM. An interesting article by Fast Company by talks about how GM, frustrated with data coming in traditional form (reports, bar charts, etc.), wasn’t getting the message across–a 2D solution wasn’t highlighting a 3D problem. So they used Legos to denote very physical things like location (colors denote where a particular part was located in a vehicle) and size (how bad is the problem).

Interesting. I find myself wondering how we, as designers, would tackle visualizing information differently if we could build it and model it in physical, not virtual, space.

I do know that switching media–a sketch on a napkin, laying out post-its on my whiteboard, or positioning pencils on a table–can be a useful way to inject perspective into a design. With a toddler in the house, I realize that I may have more tools at my disposal…

I love democracy: interactive

Who doesn’t love democracy? This very cool interactive is one of the best examples of how an intuitive interface transcends language. It’s in French. Try it anyway. You can compare how seven different countries treat democracy (ranging from the U.S. to Morocco) along a handful of measures such as how long leaders have been in power, how many citizens have access to the internet and social media, etc. What’s really cool is that you have a very different user experience when you view one country versus comparing two. And they both work. When we think of data visualization, this is one of the best examples that I’ve ever seen that doesn’t shy away from presenting complex data, but does so in a way that is accessible, immersive and richly rewarding. Makes me want to learn French, kind of. Props to infosthetics.com for posting this last month.

Dataveyes.com I love democracy interactive for Arte TV France