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Critique, “French wine map shows the best vintage, from 1978 to 2011”

4 minute read , Posted on April 01, 2012, by Carl V. Lewis

It’s nearing the end of the week, so what better way to relax than with a good bottle of wine and some leisure reading? Problem is, I’m not very skilled at buying wine that tastes any good. I always end up paying more for the bitter, expensive stuff. Fortunately,  there’s a pretty cool news app for that. The Telegraph UK’s recent interactive app on French wine ratings allows users to browse through the years to see...

Critique, “Why is Her Paycheck Smaller?”

4 minute read , Posted on April 01, 2012, by Carl V. Lewis

For my final critique, I decided to look at a more straightforward and well-known visualization on gender wage gaps created by The New York Times back in 2010. The “Why is Her Paycheck Smaller” visualization shows how simple, mostly static scatter plots can sometimes be the most efficient and informative way to tell a story.

Should data viz be a specialty or a commodity skill in the newsroom?

8 minute read , Posted on April 01, 2012, by Carl V. Lewis

An interesting question came up at last Wednesday’s Doing Data Journalism (#doingdataj) panel hosted by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism here at Columbia’s J-School: Should there be data specialists in the newsroom, or can everyone be a data journalist? For New York Times interactive editor Aron Pilholfer, who participated in the panel, the question is not so much should everyone do data as will everyone do data. And for Pilholfer, the answer to that question clearly...

Aron Pilholfer at #doingdataj

less than 1 minute read , Posted on April 01, 2012, by Carl V. Lewis

Totally agree, but harbor the lurking suspicion that many traditional readers still like to read pretty narratives and don’t care as much if the facts back them up. In other words, it’s an audience problem just as much as it is an editorial one.

INTERACTIVE: Super Tuesday GOP presidential primary results

less than 1 minute read , Posted on March 07, 2012, by Carl V. Lewis

The latest delegate counts show that Mitt Romney nearly doubled his delegate total after Super Tuesday’s primary elections. Click on the table to see how the delegates from Tuesday’s vote broke down.

Critique: Michigan GOP Primary Visualization, via HuffPo

5 minute read , Posted on February 29, 2012, by Carl V. Lewis

For a lot of self-indulgent reasons, I secretly love The Huffington Post. But well-designed visualizations and interactive interfaces have never been the news organization’s strong suit. While their live coverage of Tuesday night’s GOP primary in Michigan had all the flavor of a classic HuffPo report – updates faster than you can send a Tweet, snarky comments, and dramatic headlines – what stood out to me was how they integrated real-time election results into a...

Visualization/design critique: Guardian.co.uk

5 minute read , Posted on February 22, 2012, by Carl V. Lewis

So I’ll admit it: I’ve always kind of had a design crush on the Guardian’s website, and I may or may not have tried to emulate it in various other news websites I’ve developed. What I love most about the Guardian’s design is simply its proprietary typeface. That slightly “Georgia” looking serif with the curbed nodules and cut-off “G’s” instantly alerts the user that they’re interacting with the Guardian brand. Another strong aspect of the...

Response to Manovich on “HCI: Representation versus Control”

5 minute read , Posted on February 14, 2012, by Carl V. Lewis

In contrast with Norman –– who argues flatly for programmers to adopt a more immersive, task-centered approach to computer design rooted in cultural conventions ––Manovich contends in his paper on human-computer interfaces that designers should instead seek to embrace the new language of the computer medium, the language of the interface. The failure of programmers to make use of the full power of the interface as a language in and of itself, Manovich argues, can...