Then again, some scientists are highly visual communicators

Contrary to our blog last week, where we highlighted another post by an engineer discussing  his profession’s woeful lack of communications skills, this week we discover that some scientists are actually highly skilled visual communicators. Continue reading Then again, some scientists are highly visual communicators

FedEx visualizes the world

Usually, our perception of the nations of the  world is based on the well-known globe, showing each country according to its real geographic dimensions.  What if, instead of purely geographic dimensions, we visualized countries based on how much they invest in education, or the amount they export to the rest of the world?  FedEx has developed a tool that shows the world and its countries sized proportionally according to different metrics.  The tool looks at several categories, including Education, Research and Development, and Energy Use and Development. Continue reading FedEx visualizes the world

Visualizing what we eat in redesigned food labels

UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, in partnership with GOOD magazine, is hosting a contest to vote on a redesigned food nutrition label.  The entries can be viewed at Berkeley’s News21 site.  The idea behind the contest, as GOOD explains, is to create nutrition labels that more clearly indicate the level of healthiness of the food – if it is good or bad for you, how much of it is composed of fats, how heavily processed the food is, etc. Continue reading Visualizing what we eat in redesigned food labels

Visualizing a Year’s Worth of Food

Our Visualization of the Week comes from GOOD magazine, profiling New York City-based designer Lauren Manning‘s data visualization.  She kept track of all the food she consumed for a year, and then used 40 graphs and charts to visualize the data she collected as part of her thesis. Continue reading Visualizing a Year’s Worth of Food