Quick tools for 2D Visualizations of data?

13 Apr 2005 - 9:54am
9 years ago
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Anjali Arora, NYU
2004

Hi,

Towards my thesis, I need to create quick visualizations on the basis of simple datasets relating to project files. The point I hope to make is how the visualization afford more intuitive grasp of the data as compared to text descriptions. This attached view is of files of one particular author, over a certain period of time, & divided along projects.I'd like to create alternate views based on varying parameters such as 'Show most-viewed files' or 'most-edited'. I would like the ability to create various attributes of the objects such as XML allows ( user-defined tags), but without the coding hassles.

My question is:

Are there any quick tools that show up visualizations such as these without requiring complex coding on my part, & which will permit a decent amount of flexibility with how the information shows up ( fonts & colors & graphics). My thesis is a design prototype & I really do not want to be caught up in programming complexities :(

Rules defined for this viz:

Author & title show up as text, each author to have a color assigned to them ( that color to always appear in the toolbar to reinforce)

Vertical order based on importance of file[ (1-10)
Grayscale of title depends on number of views ( Black >20, dark gray=10-20/ middle gray 5-10/ light gray 0-5

Size of font decided by size of file: 0-250KB=8; 250-500= 9; 500-1MB=10; 1MB-2MB=11;2MB+=12

Thanks a ton.
-Anjali
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Anjali Arora,
Interactive Telecommunications Program,
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
aa917 at nyu.edu
http://www.artbrush.net/

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Comments

13 Apr 2005 - 10:52am
Juan Pablo Garcia
2004

Hi:

I´d do this (if you can work on a Mac)

keep the data in FileMaker Pro and then using the AppleScript support
found in Ommnigraffle you can easily represent the data visually.

The process is:

Input data to a FMP database
Define scripts to do the searching / filtering or do them manually
Define AppleScripts than can be triggered from FMP´s "ScriptMaker"
that make Ommnigraffle do the drawing.

What I usually do is asssign values to data that later are assigned to
certain properties of Omnigraffle´s shapes. You could relatively simple
do what you show that way. I have a few examples that I use daily that
I can share with you.

regards,

JP

El 13/04/2005, a las 16:54, Anjali Arora, NYU escribió:

> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> material.]
>
> Hi,
>
> Towards my thesis, I need to create quick visualizations on the basis
> of simple datasets relating to project files. The point I hope to make
> is how the visualization afford more intuitive grasp of the data as
> compared to text descriptions. This attached view is of files of one
> particular author, over a certain period of time, & divided along
> projects.I'd like to create alternate views based on varying
> parameters such as 'Show most-viewed files' or 'most-edited'. I would
> like the ability to create various attributes of the objects such as
> XML allows ( user-defined tags), but without the coding hassles.
>
> My question is:
>
> Are there any quick tools that show up visualizations such as these
> without requiring complex coding on my part, & which will permit a
> decent amount of flexibility with how the information shows up ( fonts
> & colors & graphics). My thesis is a design prototype & I really do
> not want to be caught up in programming complexities :(
>
>
> Rules defined for this viz:
>
> Author & title show up as text, each author to have a color assigned
> to them ( that color to always appear in the toolbar to reinforce)
>
> Vertical order based on importance of file[ (1-10)
> Grayscale of title depends on number of views ( Black >20, dark
> gray=10-20/ middle gray 5-10/ light gray 0-5
>
> Size of font decided by size of file: 0-250KB=8; 250-500= 9;
> 500-1MB=10; 1MB-2MB=11;2MB+=12
>
> Thanks a ton.
> -Anjali
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> Anjali Arora,
> Interactive Telecommunications Program,
> Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
> aa917 at nyu.edu
> http://www.artbrush.net/
>
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14 Apr 2005 - 9:52am
Anonymous

Hi Anjali,
You might conisder checking out http://www.macromedia.com. They have a
prodct called Flex (
http://www.macromedia.com/software/flex/?promoid=home_prod_flex_111703)
which is made just for the kind of application that you want to build plus
some extra feature. It is a commertial and industrial strength solution.
hpk a.k.a. Vikram Singh
[De-centralizing the central issues]@newMedia
National Institute of Design,
Paldi, Ahmedabad - 7

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