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Exploring who donates world aid
Exploring who donates world aid and how much, using AidData as part of the Storytelling with Data March '19 challenge, all visualised using D3.js and SASS.
Following on from a short recent project using the GOV.UK Prototype Kit, I wrote an article providing guidance to enable designers new to prototyping to understand and get started with SASS. https://t.co/fN8XqIzIRh #sass #prototyping #gds #design
SASS for designers using the GOV.UK Prototype Kit
Understanding a few SASS features of the GOV.UK Prototype Kit to more quickly create better and more compliant prototypes
12.5hrs of workshops in 2 days was an “in at the deep end” introduction to my first experience as classroom assistant on an MA module but I enjoyed it and I think it went well.
Highlighting the complex design considerations of even seemingly straightforward data visualisation, I was surprised to see this #dataviz article describe data literacy growth climbing but visualise it as a downward trend! https://t.co/2NUjWpnZOL
As an environmentalist and a cyclist I'm not generally into cars but as a boy of the '80s and a designer it's hard not to admire the iconic Porsche 911. Surely the greatest example of iterative design. #design #designicon https://t.co/lwPY2f5E4X
Honestly. What’s happened to me? I used to get excited by films, cycling or beer, but now it’s things like this! #digitalsociology https://t.co/oVWjdi2QA2
Seeing as many people think they are searching the internet rather than Google's algorithmic representation of the internet, maybe #Google could start by being transparent about their search results rather than killing off the URL? #digitalsociology https://t.co/pP7lcYcFqq
Sometimes the #digitalsociology https://t.co/a7zcgftfeP publish a story that on its own justifies my subscription. This article utterly reflects my own realisation and internal-wrangling during my recent academic studies. It’s a long but essential read.
Having fully converted toabout a month ago as part of my de-googlification process, my only disappointment is that there’s no verb form of DuckDuckGo! When I hear “Just Google it” I want to say “No, I’ll DuckDuckGo it” but that doesn’t really work!
Frustrating as it is from a digital sociology research perspective, I’ve removed Facebook and Messenger from all my mobile devices. Maybe it’s just “end of year reflection” but today I feel like the privacy/control concerns outweigh any occasional benefits. #facebook
Excellent podcast discussing issues such as ownership of academic (meta)data in networks which academics are increasingly required to engage in, yet are often private, commercially motivated organisations. #digitalsociology #data #academia https://t.co/xx37CSPF72
Why isn’t there a native gesture in iOS to undo the previous action? The #iOS #ux #design #usabilityapp is so good at this that I find myself trying to undo things in other apps by two-finger double tapping!
Five tips from five weeks using the GOV.UK prototyping kit
Learning to work with Nunjucks and Express JS to quickly start prototyping digital public services.
The interesting thing for me is not why people ask these questions, but how Google choose to answer them. I suspect Google has enough data about most of us to know if we’re liked, are “good in bed” or might get rich/thin. #digitalsociology #bigdata https://t.co/vvZV78L8Vf
Great #dataviz exploring the number of refugees and asylum seekers across the EU. It demonstrates the low numbers the UK have actually taken compared to other countries (in stark contrast to the brexit narrative). #datavisualisation #RefugeesWelcome https://t.co/cFzKwx5Omb
Reading up on regression analysis on a packed train. I’m thinking I might have to test out my learning by predicting the optimal number of carriages for the morning TransPennine service from Hudds to Man Pic. Hint: It’s more than 3. #digitalsociology #spss #statistics
A(nother) brilliant podcast from #dataviz #ux #design #research https://t.co/CT3S9CfaZC. Such an accessible and enjoyable discussion about cognitive bias, just as relevant to designers and researchers as it is to data visualisers.
This year's shortlist for the Information is Beautiful Awards is amazing. So much creativity, variety, technical ability, design talent, effective communication and necessary topics. Invest some time in each one. #dataviz https://t.co/jWioAIBG5P
Intriguing article (relating to recent studying on selfies) about the bizarrely common habit of posting the same picture on Instagram every day. The excitement of banality? #digidentities #digitalsociology https://t.co/CsaRLSdOx9
Excited about digging into this eBay bargain, really an essential read with either my design or dataviz hat on. Visual Language For Designers by Connie Malamed. #dataviz #design
With users increasingly understanding ‘private mode’ in modern browsers, why don’t Facebook use the same analogy to offer a toggleable mode for discreet Facebook activity? They could still collect data but enable peer-to-peer privacy/anonymity/pseudonymity? #digidentities
Finally watched Ready Player One. Really enjoyed it and agree with this Guardian article that compare to The Matrix it offers a more positive (if slightly simplistic) vision of what VR could be in future. #digidentities https://t.co/0FhSXgFD3A
Been driving myself nuts on a long cycle home trying to understand why I never noticed that Linux/OSX ‘sudo’ sounds and acts like ‘pseudo’, yet that’s never mentioned anywhere! #linux #mac #cyclecommute
On Facebook, nobody knows you’re a dog. (A little updated homage to a digital sociology classic). Disclaimer: tracing was involved. #digidentities #digitalsociology #newyorker #procreate https://t.co/ifY1BzH4m5
Feeling like a real data statistician/analyst now that I have SPSS on my Mac. I’m sure it’s not cool to be excited about a number-crunching tool that seems to make academics to groan! #spss #statistics #digitalsociology
Wow. Spent the last couple of days doing a portfolio PDF for the first time in over 10 years. I've barely scratched the surface and am already at 13 pages and nearly 20MB compressed, so I'm drawing a line for now! (no pun intended) https://t.co/BA4f8BBXqP #ux #ui #freelancers
Wow. Things you didn't know you didn't know about your own process... For ages I've been using a convoluted copy/paste to use Font Awesome icons in Sketch. Turns out you can just set the font then type the icon name as the text. https://t.co/uCvG1fUcwa
Intriguing reproduction of the World map where country size is representative of country population. #dataviz https://t.co/ciQRersLTU
I love that there are designers who care enough to write at length about the design history and rationale of something as invisible yet fundamentally crucial as the phone keypad layout. Excellent reading. https://t.co/u7FFCEmtiM
Amazing article about the social credit system in China. Any feeling of the impressive sci-fi-like technical achievement is immediately overwhelmed by the utterly chilling, frightening sense of societal control and surveillance. https://twitter.com/hmtk/status/1042387786236604417
RT #storytelling format with #charts — what has changed since the #L…: Five reporters discuss — in an awesome interactive
To mark a great year for british cycling, I created a Data Visualisation showing all Tour de France winners' stage results and winning margins, from 1903-1918. Well done https://t.co/AuEg78O4Uh #dataviz, and !
Tour de France winners, 1903 – 2018
A data visualisation representing the key stage statistics of Tour de France winners from 1903 - 2018. A custom dataset was created from publicly available data, visualised using D3.js and SASS.
Lovely article, reminding me as I push D3 further and further how I used to use Letraset in technical drawings (though not for anyone as grand as The Economist!)... “Data visualisation, from 1987 to today” by Graham Douglas #dataviz #d3 https://t.co/hX8p1rH2Xq
Easily the coolest birthday card I’ve received for years (well done, totally non-tech life partner). “Dance like no one’s watching. Encrypt like everyone is.” (♥‿♥)
Some of today's coverage around Ofcom's report into smartphone and internet use ranges from basic to misleading. Soundbite editorial comparing usage today to when the iPhone launched in 2008 feels pointless without greater context and analysis.
Considering Yanny and Laurel in UX design
Considering whether the multi-sensory behaviour known as the McGurk effect is also evident in the use of digital interfaces.
I drafted this a few weeks ago in response to the Yanny and Laurel 'phenomenon' but just got to round publishing it. “Considering Yanny and Laurel in UX design” https://t.co/tPxnpDYiOU #ux #design #patterns
#datavizI think to be considered truly legitimate this kind of analysis is meant to be delivered via the medium of either napkin or back of fag packet? 😃⚽️
A great quarter final by England! To celebrate, I've enhanced my data visualisation showing all the goals of World Cup 2018 so that you can now access the BBC match report and FIFA goal video from each goal. #WorldCup #dataviz World Cup 2018 goals https://t.co/f32nWD5BRE
World Cup 2018 goals
During World Cup 2018 I created a data visualisation showing every goal scored during the tournament. A custom dataset was created using multiple data sources, visualised using D3.js and SASS in the style of a football pitch.
Just how annoying is this new marketeers trick of firing a massively interruptive banner when you move your mouse to the top of the screen in an "I'm about to go elsewhere" gesture. Leaving a site isn't always a negative thing but leaving with a bad feeling is. #ux #design
I’m not honestly sure I do remember when I joined Twitter, but it’s quite nice to know that it’s a social network that has the longevity to span into a second decade. #MyTwitterAnniversary
Had an enjoyable and thoughtful evening participating in last night’s round table discussion about the concept of “para academic” at the Huddersfield micro literature festival (festival size, not book or font size!). Thanks
I love this #design icon being upcycled but I'm surprised none are being revived as public toilets. I experienced a few that were heading that way whilst still in use and it seems an obvious conclusion to me. Could even involve the engaged tone when locked. #servicedesign https://t.co/BAJObi20HV
Throwing a lot of time at D3.js at the moment and I'm amazed how high performing it is on fairly large datasets. Found the learning curve quite steep at first but glad I persevered as it's now my data visualiser of choice. #d3js #dataviz #datavisualization
I finally wrote something on Medium. I'm by no means the first to consider the concept of #data having a half-life but it's been bugging me since #GDPR so I thought I'd describe my concept for diminishing data. https://t.co/vPKK0GUUIL
What if data had a half-life?
Increasingly, data is never deleted but maybe it should diminish over time, and perhaps in doing so could generate new insights, better product engagement and increased ad revenues.
Loved this. A welcome detour from being stuck indoors on a sunny afternoon writing an assignment, but highly amusing short read even if you're not in need of distraction! “Open letter: On reaching level 50” by https://t.co/IMLYUvqtLN
Beyond the noise of #GDPR, reading https://t.co/LfR0qTRZnA I was struck by my own 'informed' internal conflicts of data use in the real world. I believe data can solve big problems but with big responsibility. I agree and hope that orgs like NHS Digital can lead by example.
A few years old but an interesting and accessible explanation of how ux/design can appeal to different parts of the brain by recognising the triggers/outcomes of 'successful' interaction. https://t.co/cF6oe2xFIy #ux #design
Quite amused at how many tweets there are using the hashtag #GPDR. I think tech is better than it used to be for acronym usage but clearly there's still some way to go! #GDPR
Convenience so often trumps effort in this capitalist world. The #Facebook/#CambridgeAnalytica ‘scandal’ merely exposes what many users really know but ignore. Rather than delete Facebook we need greater transparency, proper taxation and full accountability of the service.
A couple of years old but this Tampa Bay Times editorial is a great example of story-telling via data visualisation: https://t.co/wCXoOakE5z
In-between semesters, I'm so glad I finally got round to reading Negroponte's 'Being Digital'. Slightly shameful I'd not read it before. Absolutely mind-blowing vision and foresight. Eerily accurate in places alongside my current digital sociology explorations.
Failed to shoehorn this into a current essay but enjoyed it so much I had to at least share it: If Romeo and Juliet had mobile phones (by masters of the field Barry Wellman https://t.co/nmnpU4uqhH& Lee Rainie )
Having spent the past week writing and researching an essay about social media use, it's finally dawned on me that it's not 'the youth' who don't understand social media - it's their parents (e.g. my generation). #digitalsociology
Ok so I’m probably a bit late to the party (as usual with viral stuff) but those robot guys at Boston Dynamics just blow my mind. Eerie but just so compelling and incredible. https://t.co/5bqFv9rG7g
New Year clearout. Finally time to bin my first ever legitimately purchased OS. Bye bye Windows XP Professional!
Interesting discussion and first-hand accounts of digital legacy after death, an area that surely needs greater research and debate. We Need to Talk About Death - Series 2, My Digital Legacy, Episode 2 - @bbcradio4 #digitalsociology https://t.co/NLi3fIh63y
Great article about the digital state created in Estonia. Shows what is possible with a blank piece of paper and a citizen-centred approach to data and digital. #digitalsociology #bigdata https://t.co/6qvVITngrO
Good read. Also, social networks focus on strong ties because that’s what advertisers want. #digitalsociology https://t.co/XGazs5j4pV
Excellent Orwell Lecture in the North last night. Grayson Perry presents with such fantastic character and perspective. I liked his condensing of social media to “LOLs, Feels & Woke”. Don’t be a diaphobe. Talk to people about it.
A Big Data history. How the need to cater for exabytes and zettabytes evolved into a mainstream concept. #bigdata https://t.co/W0XTWPFtx2
As a techie catching up on being a sociologist, this simple intro to data and panopticons is a good read. #bigdata https://t.co/VvF7EaFcM1
Awaiting 31st Oct with interest. Reminds me that with Facebook, you, the user, are the sold product. The advertiser is the customer. https://t.co/0NqzilIm1q
Windows: What? You want to switch to Chrome? Forget about IE. It's history. Edge is cool. No? You're still thinking about IE aren't you.
Spent the day minion opining. I mean, opinion mining. Basically the same thing with some twitter content! #digitalsociology
Found the artistry of and commentary around Wages for Facebook a really engaging topic https://t.co/v0d5Ul9fGE #digitalsociology
Not just a list of data analysis tools for social scientists but also why/when you might use them. #digitalsociology https://t.co/yMEW6UvCYl
I’d been wondering how GDPR would affect the big players’ social media data usage. #hotpotato #bigdata https://t.co/hO0arpCrNg
Real-life The Circle in China. But is it just a more visible version of what we all live in? https://t.co/JhoAKam4ER #digitalsociology
3 weeks into MA and a ‘whack in the face’ realisation, how do you produce quality research in a field changing so fast? #digitalsociology
How is ‘Global north/south’ not a more commonly used reference yet in mainstream media? #sociology https://t.co/peHqz8j0DO
Interesting, if not essential, insight into how machines group/correlate big data. #digitalsociology #bigdata https://t.co/A5bVPGlNcZ
Weekend fun, illustrating why I’m studying Digital Sociology! Modern Dating Horror Story: https://t.co/dwQR4EgBBw #digitalsociology
Thick things that I like: Thick snow; Thick icing on cake; Thick socks; and now, Thick data. #bigdata #thickdata https://t.co/3TcVKramsv
Amazed by... In 1986, ~40% of the world's computing power was in pocket calculators. More than all PCs at the time. https://t.co/U7F53AnJK0
Remarkable how rare the word 'datum' is in this data rich, data aware, data monitored age.