interactive visualization techniques/tools/products

7 Feb 2007 - 3:29pm
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Dave Malouf
2005

I'm working on a project right now that requires us to be able to act on a
lot of data. We need to be able to visualize that data to call out action
areas and then directly act on the data, or trigger actions from the data
within the visualizations.

What types of techniques (using canvas, flash, svg + code), or products
(i.e. inxight; but I'm looking for others) do people know about and what
about them do you like or dislike?

Oh! it would be really helpful if said technique works on both large
screen and smalls screen (i.e. mobile device), but it doesn't have to.

Thanx!

-- dave

--
David Malouf
dave at synapticburn.com
http://synapticburn.com/
http://ixda.org/

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7 Feb 2007 - 3:56pm
jarango
2004

Dave,

On 2/7/07, David Malouf <dave at synapticburn.com> wrote:

> I'm working on a project right now that requires us to be able to act on a
> lot of data. We need to be able to visualize that data to call out action
> areas and then directly act on the data, or trigger actions from the data
> within the visualizations.

I recently saw a very impressive demo of Flex for this type of use. It
seems to have great potential for dynamic data visualization --
especially for navigating numeric / financial data. That said, I don't
have any first hand experience with it, and doubt it works (yet) in
mobile environments. (Do many mobile browsers support Flash 9?)

Cheers,

--
Jorge Arango
http://www.jarango.com

7 Feb 2007 - 4:15pm
bhekking
2006

> What types of techniques (using canvas, flash, svg + code), or products
> (i.e. inxight; but I'm looking for others) do people know about and what
> about them do you like or dislike?

Of course, a lot depends on users' goals and experience and the nature of your
data.

Personally, I'm a fan of treemaps (http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/treemap/).
They're best for hierarchical data when space is limited. Our team here was
able to create a web-based treemap in a few weeks, based on a Microsoft 'labs'
implementation (Google 'microsoft treemap').

Also, here's a recent find - a 'Periodic Table of Visualization Methods'
(http://www.visual-literacy.org/periodic_table/periodic_table.html)

- Bret Hekking

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7 Feb 2007 - 5:18pm
Peter Boersma
2003

Dave wrote:
> I'm working on a project right now that requires us to be able to act on a
> lot of data.

I know you asked for techniques or products, and this is a bit of both, plus inspiration:
http://dashboardspy.com/

Peter
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Peter Boersma | Senior Interaction Designer | Info.nl
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7 Feb 2007 - 8:19pm
Dave Cronin
2005

I don't know if this was posted on here yet (I'm not exactly current on
my IxDA emails), but check out:

http://www.many-eyes.com/

Which features a lot of interesting visualization techniques. Afaik, it
was built in boring ol' Java.

-dave

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> Behalf Of David Malouf
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> techniques/tools/products
>
>
> I'm working on a project right now that requires us to be
> able to act on a lot of data. We need to be able to visualize
> that data to call out action areas and then directly act on
> the data, or trigger actions from the data within the visualizations.
>
> What types of techniques (using canvas, flash, svg + code),
> or products (i.e. inxight; but I'm looking for others) do
> people know about and what about them do you like or dislike?
>
> Oh! it would be really helpful if said technique works on
> both large screen and smalls screen (i.e. mobile device), but
> it doesn't have to.
>
> Thanx!
>
> -- dave
>
> --
> David Malouf
> dave at synapticburn.com
> http://synapticburn.com/
> http://ixda.org/

>

7 Feb 2007 - 11:50pm
Bryce Glass
2007

You should investigate the Processing environment:

http://processing.org/

Examples of what's been accomplished with Processing:

http://processing.org/exhibition/index.html

And, per your request, there's a mobile environment as well;

http://mobile.processing.org/

Processing excels at large-scale interactive data visualizations..
one of the creators, Ben Fry applies these methods with great success
in the field of genomic research:

http://acg.media.mit.edu/people/fry/genomevalence/
http://benfry.com/isometricblocks/
http://acg.media.mit.edu/people/fry/chromosomes/14/

Hope this is helpful...

regards,
Bryce

On Feb 7, 2007, at 5:27 PM, discuss-
request at lists.interactiondesigners.com wrote:

> From: "David Malouf" <dave at synapticburn.com>
> Subject: [IxDA Discuss] interactive visualization
> techniques/tools/products
>
> I'm working on a project right now that requires us to be able to
> act on a
> lot of data. We need to be able to visualize that data to call out
> action
> areas and then directly act on the data, or trigger actions from
> the data
> within the visualizations.
>
> What types of techniques (using canvas, flash, svg + code), or
> products
> (i.e. inxight; but I'm looking for others) do people know about and
> what
> about them do you like or dislike?
>
> Oh! it would be really helpful if said technique works on both large
> screen and smalls screen (i.e. mobile device), but it doesn't have to.

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