Übersimple tutorial: A Choropleth in QGIS

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This is the tutorial we run thru in class: the exercise was to make a choropleth map of unemployment rates by county, although I may have overcomplicated it a bit at the end, trying to make a value-by-alpha map.

Information design exercise: A Visual Recipe

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Visual recipes are such a good introduction to information design. The story is tight: out of many ingredients, one dish, a linear flow. Combining cooking and graphics always makes me happy!

Yet Another Post About What ‘Snow Fall’ Means for Long-Form Multimedia

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Last week’s Reporter-forum in Hamburg, Germany, was the latest forum to discuss it. I was lucky enough to participate as part of the team that produced the piece.

How I make paella

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My two passions: cooking and visual storytelling, visual storytelling and cooking. A timelapse was the perfect device for the story—so many times it isn’t. And a bit of annotation on the what, the how and the why of the ingredients.

Fixing the British Rails — oh well, it’s just a chart about them.

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A new semester at the School of Visual Arts. First week’s exercise: fix an ‘infamous’ BBC’s chart about train fare increases. Some of their attempts.

Making of a student’s project: Katya Fialkova

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The final project of last semester’s Information Design class was a story about one’s block. Katya Fialkova took an activist journalist approach. Since I thought that her process, her challenges, her insight and her result were so interesting, I asked her to write a making-of post of her project. Here’s her account.

I’m teaching at SVA!

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As it happens, last September I started teaching Information Design at the School of Visual Arts. The Moon was in the seventh house and Jupiter had aligned with Mars.

1 World Trade Center and the world tallest buildings

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An interactive experiment based on what I should have done for a story on the redesign of the pinnacle of 1 World Trade Center.

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Making-of Connecting Music and Gesture

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Behind the scenes of the NYT’s conductor project: using motion capture to visualize the hidden nuances of conducting.

For Most of the Country, a Right U-turn

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Elections are over. The graphics are set. The interactives forgotten for the latest cute kitten video, or the newest, silliest app. The print maps that wrapped the fish a couple of days later, have probably been recycled into your coffee cup.

Yet I had to do it. I had to revisit the elections.