Visualizing information

When I first started this blog, I posted a link to textarc, a project that visually maps texts. In a similar vein, Marcos Weskamp maps out aspects of the internet: Google news, packet transmission (see the recorded session), electronic conversations, etc.

The balance between art, fun and information is probably different for each viewer. In my opinion it's well worth seeing, if only for the proof that information can be displayed in graphically appealing ways, not just the horrible and confusing graphs spewed out by most network analysis software.

For a historical perspective, see Charles Joseph Minard's map depicting the losses suffered by Napoleon's army in the Russian campaign of 1812 - reputedly the best statistical graph ever drawn...

More by Minard here.

Thanks to Karina.

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