Susan Lin – Looking Outwards – 4: InfoViz Inspiration

by susanlin @ 1:23 am 17 January 2011

(1) TweetCatcha [link]

TweetCatcha captures the movement of NYT articles through Twitter. The chosen display is a clock. Drawing on a well known paradigm strengthens on the viz. Also, being able to update it in real time (grab articles as they are published and perform the search them), also adds to its power.

The UI is still limited since it will pick a random article for you. And it’s limited to NYT.

(2) The Illusion of Diversity [link]

This blows my mind! It can also speak for itself very well:

Three firms control 89% of US soft drink sales. This dominance is obscured from us by the appearance of numerous choices on retailer shelves. Steve Hannaford refers to this as “pseudovariety,” or the illusion of diversity, concealing a lack of real choice.

It goes to show how helpless we are to these corporations. Pepsi also used to own Taco Bell. Maybe this can be expanded with other industries (outside of drinks) and cross-matching them.

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