The beauty of data visualization

My previous post about a graph depicting some interesting cultural information in the form of a cool graph led me into more of David McCandless work and I highly recommend his The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide To The World’s Most Consequential Trivia (US markets) or Information Is Beautiful (European markets). Do not opt for the Kindle version of the books, this is one book that you would love in paper.

But ofcourse you don’t have to take my word for it, the TED talk by McCandless should give you a taste of what the book has in store. The book is a valuable read for students, scientists, designers and general creativity nuts.

This is no Edward Tufte, visual information display book (and is not meant to be one) but it sure has plenty of appeal for the average curious soul.

“A Protagonist in every child” – Education, the way it should be.

Picked up this wonderful TED India talk from a post from Garr’s blog (hint: bookmark now!), I don’t have anything more to add to it (oh, I don’t want to get started on India’s educational system rant now) than what’s already there in the post – So don’t forget to read Garr’s post.

Speaker Info: Incase you were moved by the talk/speaker as I was and wanted to know more..

Nominate Lab webpages

Nominate Lab Webpages
The Scientist Magazine is now taking nominations for the best Lab web pages. They have also put up a list of staff nominations or selections which are really some of the best designed as well as presented webpages. Gone are the days when Research groups had webpages which could compete with budding school kid designer wannabes. If you need to attract attention and interest (not to forget young talented grad students) to your research then the Internet is one of the strongest avenues available – But if you’re gonna end up with a webpage designed in the most antiquated way then you lose a considerable audience and their interest in your work.

Most students lookup Lab or research group websites to not see if it would suit their research aptitude but also the atmosphere that prevails in the research group (yes, putting up photos from your group’s barbecue party definitely helps!).Also when you apply to a new position inevitable your employer would look up your group’s page, eventhough you provide an exhaustive Curriculum Vitae.

Yet another important part of the audience in the school kids who is looking to perform more in his class assignment and is directed to your group page by google – Oh..if you’re not on google, you don’t exist (so watch what you put in as the meta tags) . Now this is the curious kid who eyeball’s your sight for interesting yet easy to understand information. If you have a lengthy description of your research interest with dense graphs sprinkled here and there, Sorry! that’s not going to attract anybody let alone the school kid.

You can visit the nominations page to not only to recommend your favorite group pages but also see how people present information in the most interesting and appealing manner.