April 27, 2010

parrot tracking final

Filed under: Animals,My Favorites,Telling Stories with Data/Sensors/Humans — Tags: , — *aly* @ 10:01 pm

For my final in Telling Stories with Humans, Sensors, and Data we were tasked with creating a project proposal including proposed data tracking device, made-up data and infographics (so, yes, we were supposed to actually make something, track it, then create an infographic, except that there was no more time left in the semester–scheduling not being nick’s particular strong suit). So, since this was a bit of a let-down, my co-conspirator (Emily) and I decided to do something fabulous and creative anyway.


April 2, 2010

FM Radio Stations’ Service in the Contiguous United States

This assignment started with a map/processing sketch created by Nick and his fellow NYT R&D lab chum, Mike. It starts with an image of a map and then plots latitude and longitude points over top. Our assignment was to do something with this and a different data set.

So, the title of my version says it all… Except, of course, it doesn’t touch on the saga of how I got to this final version. I started out with a giant dataset from the FCC that includes the latitude and longitude for all the FM radio towers in the US and then includes 360 pairs of coordinates for the service contours for each station. (Basically, the coordinates draw a circle around each broadcast point.) This file was about 300mb+ in size. So, I decided the best thing to do would be to write a processing sketch to parse the data and just pull out the info I needed. I limited the contour to just the station lat/long and the lat/long of the N contour. (since the map of the US I am using is so small, it really made no sense to go for the contour–where a circle would work as well.) So, I did that and got a nice tidy smaller data set and created a map. And while I was working on the sketch, I just used the first 1000 lines of data– which made a really lovely map. Then, of course, when I tried to use the full dataset, it was a mess. 30,000 lines of data does not look pretty all at once.

March 22, 2010

aly’s eyes (in the style of the feltron report)

For this assignment, I made an info graphic about data I collected during the previous weeks– all about my eyes. The inspiration for this infographic is the amazing work of Nicholas Felton (who was a super guest lecturer, by the bye. Completely, utterly obsessive in a fabulous way which is evident in his feltron report series. When I asked him what he has planned for the 10th year of this, he has a book in mind. What an awesome body of design work! I really admire his aesthetic.)

Here’s the PDF of 7 Days through Aly’s Eyes.

February 26, 2010

6 days with Peiyu

For the first half of this assignment, we were tasked with keeping track of every place that we go for a week. To make this a little easier, Nick suggested we use the mobile phone app called foursquare. So, I set up an account and checked in for a week. Of course, I managed to forget to check myself in home when I got home (so I think the data looks like I stayed out very very late all week long).

So, onto the second part of the assignment. In class, we emailed links of the rss data to the person sitting on our right and have to create a map-based info graphic about his/her week. So, I got data from Peiyu Liu and decided to mimic his design style in the graphic that I created. He has a really lovely and distinct design sense, so it was pretty easy to make something that looks like his work. (Of course, I checked out his blog to get ideas from his first info graphic… and from the blog itself)

And so, here’s a link to the pdf of my info graphic mapping of his week.

February 7, 2010

commuting info graphic

Filed under: Telling Stories with Data/Sensors/Humans — Tags: , , — *aly* @ 6:16 pm

The second part of this assignment was to use the data from the photos taken last week to create an info graphic. The idea was to start out in black and white in Illustrator to make sure that the data is represented clearly and then maybe fancify from there. To that end, I have a preliminary version (all black and white) and a more colorful version that uses a subway map as a background.

The PDF shows the final version as well as the preliminary version.

January 31, 2010

commuting time

Filed under: Telling Stories with Data/Sensors/Humans — *aly* @ 12:20 pm

The first assignment for Telling Stories with Data/Sensors/Humans was to capture data over the past week using images… I attempted to use my camera to catch the time on the clock in the livingroom (as well as maybe some interesting things about what Riley is doing at that time), but didn’t like the result. So, I ended up getting screen captures on my blackberry. I wanted to get my commute time from home to work and back again– but apparently this is something I remember only on the way to work.

A pdf of the images is here.