Mapping data from Indonesia’s disaster information portal

Maps are great for decision-making (ex. where’s the nearest restaurant, how to get from point A to B)… they’re even better when you know how use them to help analyze data and information (thank you geography degree). A lot of data visualization automation software exists now that can produce charts, graphs and even maps to … Continue reading Mapping data from Indonesia’s disaster information portal

Visualization isn’t just about fancy charts

Continuing from my last post on how data isn’t everything, visualization isn’t just about finding cool ways to show off data. “Visualization”, which seems to be a hot topic at the moment, is more than that. While it might be a buzzword that refers to showcasing data and statistics in a interesting way, I think … Continue reading Visualization isn’t just about fancy charts

One of the most natural thing we do when we enter into the world is to ‘see’

The phrase ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ started in the early 1900’s from people working in journalism and advertising. Nowadays, the startling amount of ‘words’ we’re producing with the plethora of ‘pictures’ can amount to information overload. Yet, every image, photo, picture or visualization has a story to tell and that story is … Continue reading One of the most natural thing we do when we enter into the world is to ‘see’

When we pay attention, every action in the universe creates data

We process data everyday – through all of our five (or six?) senses. From hearing the crunching of cocoa beans, smelling the aroma released when the beans are heated, seeing the chocolate being formed, feeling the texture as it enters our mouth, to tasting it as it melts in our mouth, our brain has to … Continue reading When we pay attention, every action in the universe creates data

2013 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction

The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) comes out every 2-years and is an assessment of global situation on reducing disaster risks and provides a comprehensive overview and analysis on key issues and what governments are doing to prevent disasters. GAR13 is the third edition of the report, entitled From Share Risk to … Continue reading 2013 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction

Silhouettes reveal more than you know…

Silhouettes are an amazing thing. Not only does it reveal the shape, curves, and intricacies of shape and form, but it’s also amazing how our brains interpret them and can make sense of them. There’s no better example of this than when we talk about symbols and icons. These graphical representations help us understand and … Continue reading Silhouettes reveal more than you know…

Facebook would be boring without photos.

Visual storytelling is something we’ve been doing for centuries (and longer). And the fact that we all now have ways to do this with the internet, cameras, and phones makes it all that much easier to connect and bring people closer together by sharing experiences and memories. “5 ways to impress your audience with visual … Continue reading Facebook would be boring without photos.

To see or not to see?

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since I last wrote in this blog. Time sure does fly, especially when we head into the holiday season with Christmas just around the corner. Maybe one of my new year’s resolutions should be to write more often… It seems friends and family, as well as some … Continue reading To see or not to see?

Life’s a whirlwind tour… time to make a change.

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything in this blog. I think it’s time for a change to coincide with the change in what my blog’s going to be about. If you look at the sidebar of my blog, I’ve been writing seriously in this blog since 2006. But most of it’s been about … Continue reading Life’s a whirlwind tour… time to make a change.