Visualising data, telling stories
Telling stories that can only be seen. Data visualisations can be extraordinarily beautiful. Here are but a few tools.
Open-source desktop application, primarily a network visualisation tool, but with plugins galore for space-time extensions.
visual diagrams, Gephi
Beautiful, multivariate statistics. See this phenomenal TED presentation by Hans Rosling – love that guy
visual diagrams, Gapminder
Not surprising, Google chart can be a powerful tool. Simple to use and simple to work with fusiontables.
visual diagrams, Google charts
Maybe the most gorgeous multivariable thing around.
visual diagrams, Somvis
visual diagrams, Raphael
It looks a little dated now, but Exhibit, formerly known as Similie, is powerful and do some interesting experiments with time-space.
visual diagrams, Similie
visual diagrams, d3
Another js library, these guys are highly professional. Free versions for non-profits. One really nice thing is that each diagram and graph example on their site links to the respective JSFiddle. Heartwarming.
visual diagrams, highchart
visual diagrams, InfoViz
Very scientific (and therefore console-based), this is made for balancing visual readability with scientific exploration.
visual diagrams, sci2tool
Python-based network analysis.
visual diagrams, graphinsight
What is says on the box: excel based engine with node-edge emphasis.
visual diagrams, nodeExcel
Web-based application for exploring graph databases.
visual diagrams, Linkcurious
Visualising text as a network.
visual diagrams, textexture
visual document analysis
visual diagrams, inspire
You would be amazed at how much information can be displayed and explored in Circos.
visual diagrams, circos
Here is one pretty specific to analysis of functional genomics. It explores relations in three dimensions: gene activity, pathway data that presents a series of reactions within a cellular process; and phylogenetic data describing ancestral relationships between species. Yay biology!
visual diagrams, pathline
“Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is”. All-round nerd with a tendency to poke things with a stick to see what happens. Doodler, artist, bookbinder, photographer, illustrator, visual; interaction & UX designer, spider in the web.
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