The Design of Nothing

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Andy Kirk's talk at OpenVisConf 2014 in Boston

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  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_Landmesser The deance of August Landmesser
  • https://twitter.com/AleemMaqbool/status/447306090087452672/photo/1 https://twitter.com/QasimNauman/status/447277789121495040/photo/1 International New York Times, weekend of 22nd/23rd March 2014
  • Measurements of Car Speeds in the Netherlands, by Erik Boertjes
  • Zero cars Zero speed No sensor data Measurements of Car Speeds in the Netherlands, by Erik Boertjes
  • NULL ZERO BLANK INVISIBLE
  • NULL When nothing becomes something http://dojo4.com/clients/gnip
  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2014/03/20/Foreign/Images/ 2014-03-20T072610Z_01_DBG270_RTRIDSP_3_MALAYSIA-AIRLINES-AUSTRALIA-10694.jpg We are not used to no information BBC News, 16th March 2014
  • http://www.bloomberg.com/billionaires/latest Billionaires, by Bloomberg
  • http://printsandprintmaking.gov.au/explore/decade-summary/ Metadata of Australian prints and printmaking, interactive by Mitchell Whitelaw
  • https://www.scmp.com/sites/default/les/2013/05/22/rainfall.jpg Holiday chill?, by South China Morning Post Graphics No data was recorded between 1940 and 1946
  • http://pbsg.npolar.no/en/dynamic/app/ State of the Polar Bear, by Periscopic [The greying out] was a political statement to Russia to release the data they have about polar bears
  • http://headwaterseconomics.org/interactive/west-wide-atlas West-Wide Economic Atlas, by Headwaters Economics Data are sometimes withheld by the federal government to avoid the disclosure of potentially condential information.
  • http://www.nytimes.com/ref/us/20070524_REFINERY_GRAPHIC.html Rising Prices at the Pump, by New York Times Graphics
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-25927595 Where is it Illegal to be Gay?, by BBC News Graphics
  • This is one of the rst questions we should ask about any dataset: What is missing? What can we learn from the gaps? Jer Thorp https://twitter.com/chris_swift/status/430688880484831232
  • http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2014/03/banksy-vancouver-nobody-likes-me/ ZERO Something to represent nothing
  • http://projects.nytimes.com/census/2010/explorer Mapping America, by New York Times Graphics
  • https://twitter.com/rsimmon/status/406433840807165952/photo/1 NASA space station view of Mount Etna, via Rob Simmon
  • http://johnsnow.matrix.msu.edu/book_images12.php Cholera Outbreak Map, by John Snow
  • John Snows cholera map Florence Nightingale Napoleons march William Playfair invented the bar chart What would Tufte say? 3D Pie charts are not very good Tall infographics are everywhere Red-green colour blindness Funny xkcd comic Outrageous maze creation algorithm Random musical interruption Heart-stopping live demo
  • http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450008187738450975/ From Pyramid to Kite, by The Economist
  • http://www.fastcoexist.com/3020923/how-the-red-cross-used-tweets-to-save-lives-during-hurricane-sandy Even a lack of postings can tell the Red Cross something. If there is a social media black hole that probably means the area needs help. Hurricane Sandy tweet map, by Floating Sheep
  • Encoding zero?
  • POSITION VS. AXIS
  • http://darkhorseanalytics.com/blog/the-uniform-distribution/ The Uniform Distribution, by Dark Horse Analytics LENGTH
  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2013/03/04/sk-drinking-age-1303.html Drinking Age Across Canada, by CBC News BASELINE ZERO FOR LENGTH
  • http://i.huffpost.com/gen/242407/EGYPT-INTERNET-BLACKOUT.jpg The Uniform Distribution, by Dark Horse Analytics POSITION/AREA VS. AXIS
  • Parallel Coordinates, USDA Nutrient Database http://exposedata.com/parallel/ POSITION/SLOPE VS. AXIS
  • COLOUR SHADING Hewlett Foundation Grants Tool, by Periscopic http://www.hewlett.org/grants-tool/index
  • http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/03/03/us/20090303_LEONHARDT.html Geography of a Recession, by New York Times Graphics COLOUR SHADING
  • http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2012/may/08/gay-rights-united-states TEXTURE Gay Rights by Type, by Guardian US Graphics
  • http://fukushima.nzz.ch/#die-schulleiterin DENSITY Fukushima, by NZZ/Interactive Things
  • http://hint.fm/wind/ Wind Map, by Hint FM DENSITY
  • http://mapsbynik.tumblr.com/post/82791188950/nobody-lives-here-the-nearly-5-million-census Nobody Lives Here, by Mapsbynik DOTS/POSITION
  • http://www.scienticamerican.com/article.cfm?id=rd-tags-track-possible-outbreak-pathways-in-hospital NODE/LINK RFID Tags Track Possible Outbreak Pathways in the Hospital, by Jan Willem Tulp
  • TITLE Male Presidents Female Presidents ANGLE
  • http://kelsocartography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/carbonatlas.pdf The Carbon Atlas, by The Guardian Graphics AREA
  • http://www.smartmoney.com/map-of-the-market/ Map of the Market, by The Wall Street Journal AREA
  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/your-own-words/scotus-gay-marriage/ ANNOTATION SCOTUS Gay Marriage, by The Washington Post Graphics
  • https://twitter.com/arnicas/status/435473001258442752 BLANK Nothing to represent something
  • The single most overlooked element in visual design is emptiness [but] space must look deliberately used. Alex White The Elements of Graphic Design by Alex White, pg 65
  • http://www.this-page-intentionally-left-blank.org/whythat.html This Page Intentionally Left Blank The primary reason is to offer internet wanderers a place of quietness and simplicity on the overcrowded World Wide Web
  • http://13pt.com/projects/nyt071211/ Lunge Feeding, by Jonathan Corum
  • http://graphics-info.blogspot.hk/2012/09/maloej-20-look-at-our-participation.html Iraqs Bloody Toll, by Simon Scarr
  • http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/world/the-depth-of-the-problem/931/ TITLEThe Depth of the Problem, by The Washington Post Graphics
  • http://kottke.org/06/07/independent-infographic Middle East: Who Backs Immediate Ceasere?, by The Independent
  • http://www.voanews.com/content/nigeria-polio-cases-drop-50-percent/1776099.html Nigeria Polio Cases Drop 50 Percent in 2013, by Voice of America
  • http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2013/12/10/gms-new-ceo-is-another-small-crack-in-the-glass-ceiling/ http://www.chezvoila.com/blog/glass-ceiling The Glass Ceiling Persists, by Reuters Graphics | Reworking by Francis Gagnon
  • http://visual.ly/spotlight-movie-protability Spotlight on Protability, by Krisztina Szcs
  • http://www.accurat.it/ Nobels No Degrees, by Accurat Studio for Corriere della Sera
  • http://yusylvia.les.wordpress.com/2010/03/gestalt_illustration-01.jpg?w=604&h=251&h=251 http://www.creativebloq.com/art/art-negative-space-8133765
  • http://www