Analog Infoviz: Handmade Visualization Toolkit
What 99 red balloons have to do with the spam economy and Lady Gaga.
By Maria Popova
We love data visualization and have a soft spot for analog art. We’ve previously explored several examples of physical data art and now, from Bogotá-based designer Jose Duarte comes this ingenious Handmade Visualization Toolkit, exploring simple ways to visualize information quickly. Using ordinary materials like chalk, string, stickers and balloons, you can experiment with various visualization techniques, from area charts to bubble graphs to — yes, you guessed it — Venn diagrams.
Using the kit, he made these lovely lo-fi visualizations of data from the 2010 State of the Internet report, revealing, among other things, that Lady Gaga is bigger on Twitter than Obama and the majority of the world’s email volume is spam.
And it seems like Jose will send you a kit for free if you shoot him an email — what’s not to love?
Published May 2, 2011