Monthly Archives: January 2013

Cold Water Poll for Open Water Swimmers recently conducted a poll to explore how swimmers from different countries defined “cold”. They have posted the results on their blog and you can check it out here. “When I showed these results to my fellow swimmer (and wife) Susan, she said “Duh, so swimmers from cold weather can stand colder water”.  Well, it is [...]

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HTML5 – Data Visualisation Open Source Development Tools

I started working on a new interactive dataviz yesterday and I am determined that this project is designed and developed using HTML5 rather then Flash. I have already started putting some bits together with Google Charts but just thought it might be useful to list some of the various dataviz open source tools/libraries that I [...]

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Most Profitable Hollywood Stories

The Flash based wireframe and CMS can be viewed here: I was going over some old ‘unfinished’ projects when I came across this interactive ‘wireframe’ and CMS that I developed. So I thought I would post it up. I was very disappointed I didn’t get to ‘skin this up’ but at the time I [...]

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Evolution of Batman logo, 1940-2012

When I did the interactive “History of the Batmobile” I included as many different bat logos in the background as I could find. They were stylised as “bat signals” but they weren’t in any particular order and I don’t think I had specific information on their origin to tag them up to the appropriate year. [...]

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New Year’s Resolution – Keep it Simple!

Hopefully the title says it all! Icons for the “Ten Laws of Simplicity” by John Maeda “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” — Hans Hofmann “A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to [...]

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Stephen Few – Introducing Bandlines

Bandlines: Sparklines Enriched with Information about Magnitude and Distribution. The latest newsletter from Stephen Few of Perceptual Edge is out today and it looks quite interesting. I would love to do an interactive version of this. “In the last edition of this newsletter I wrote about the many ways in which sparklines can be scaled [...]

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My Christmas Made Easy With My Amazon Wish List

I must confess, as strange as it sounds, I have never been very comfortable with receiving gifts and I am especially uncomfortable about telling people what I would like for Christmas. My wife comes from a large extended family and every year I struggle to think what to say when people ask me. This year [...]

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Memory Jogger: Creating Quick Contact Sheets

Creating contact sheets in InDesign is another one I am always forgetting the short cut keys for. 1. Choose File > Place, select multiple images, and choose Open. 2. Hold down Ctrl+Shift (Windows) or Command+Shift (Mac OS) and click or drag. 3. While still dragging, release the other modifier keys and press the arrow keys [...]

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Using online maps to ‘reccie’ wild swims

There is no better way to ‘reccie’ a potential new swim then to actually go there and scout it out. Entry points, exit points, flow, water condition, hazards etc can only really be determined by actually being there. However, that said, there are some brilliant online mapping tools that allow you to check out possible [...]

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Visualisation of OSS Dart 10K

A little while ago I started working on an interactive data visualisation for the OSS Dart 10K race results. Unfortunately I then became distracted by work, swimming etc and never finished it. Messing about the other day I grabbed a couple of screen grabs in case there are any other swimming data nerds out there. It [...]

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