Lab Examples – Recap!

When I started this blog in November of last year (2010) my intention was to try and do a couple of interactive data visualisations each month. I did managed to keep that pace up for several months but it has suddenly dawned on me that I haven’t produced any new Labs since March. I have started working on half a dozen different things in the time since than but have not actually gotten around to finishing any of them.

So in an attempt to catch up and get my act together I though I would have a quick recap of the work produced so far and than also list the unfinished projects I have started to help me focus on them and try and get one finished.

2010:11:001 – USA Unemployment
2010:11:001 – USA Unemployment
2010:11:002 – Tattoo Kaleidoscope
2010:11:002 – Tattoo Kaleidoscope
2010:12:003 – NME's Top Albums
2010:12:003 – NME’s Top Albums
2010:12:004 – End of Year Top Albums
2010:12:004 – End of Year Top Albums
2010:12:005 – End of Year Top 10s
2010:12:005 – End of Year Top 10s
2011:01:006 – History of the Batmobile
2011:01:006 – History of the Batmobile
2011:01:007 – NMA Top 100 Agencies
2011:01:007 – NMA Top 100 Agencies
2011:02:008 – NMA Ones to Watch
2011:02:008 – NMA Ones to Watch
2011:02:009 – NMA Tweet History CMS
2011:02:009 – NMA Tweet History CMS
2011:02:010 – Nokia Pushsnowboarding
2011:02:010 – Nokia Pushsnowboarding
2011:02:011 – Pushsnowboarding CMS
2011:02:011 – Pushsnowboarding CMS
2011:03:012 – Colours in Culture
2011:03:012 – Colours in Culture

The projects I have started but not yet completed:

UK Unemployment: This was an interactive heatmap very similar to the US version. I have scrapped the data into a local database and created all the required views and queries. I also adapted all the  maps into Flash and tagged them up. I just need to wire it all up.

Software Story Lines: This was to be a dynamically generated interactive version of Michael Ogawa’s “Software Evolution Storylines”. The original version seems to be no longer live but there is a post on Flowing Data here: http://flowingdata.com/2010/10/12/software-evolution-storylines/. The interesting thing about this was you would be able to upload which ever open source software change log you liked and it would visualize it for you.

Show Me the Music: It is primarily an interactive app for exploring new music recommendations and relies  heavily on various music APIs including Echonest and Last.FM. I am really excited about the user interface design I have produced for this. This one I definitely intend to finish one day.

My Tweet Box: For the life of me I cannot remember what this was going to be. I suspect it was something to do with the previous myTweetBox.com site which went dead but I will need to look at the design flats again.

Road Rage, Hexagoids and Hexman: These where updates to Flash Actionscript games created over the years but integrated into a common arcade that would show you timeline visualisations of peoples scores.

A History of Modern Music: This is an interactive visualisation of the Guardian’s History of Moden Music series produced a back in June 2011. It took the music genre charts that the Guardian created and integrated them with loads of data scrapped from EchoNest, Last.FM and various other source. It had album covers, images, bios etc as well as dynamically generated links and built in search tools for additional media content, both MP3s and Videos on youTube. This is also pretty far along and I will hopefully get back to finish it soon.

There is something else I am working on which I really hope to find time to finish this month but I can’t really talk about that yet.

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