Data on the Daily: Ted Talk Tuesday

Data on the Daily: Ted Talk Tuesday

There’s nothing we love more than a Ted Talk. We can’t be alone on this…right? We recently found this oldie-but-goodie from 2010 with David McCandless. David is an incredible data visualizer and author. His enthusiasm sparks from the ability to condense complex information into a beautiful and clear graphical representation, easily consumed and understood by everyone (data geek or not). And he gets it…just have a look at his book: If you find yourself wondering if humans can predict the…

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Data on the Daily: Earth Day!

Data on the Daily: Earth Day!

To celebrate Earth Day, we’re sharing this interactive data viz on energy use by state. We stumbled upon this gem on Tableau Public. The visualization uses open data to show the proportion of energy that comes from each major energy source, broken down by state. States are represented by a hexagon. Viewers can change energy source (coal, natural gas, nuclear, renewable, hydro, petroleum) by selecting the timeline for each source. The fill inside the state hexagons represent the proportion of a state’s energy that…

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Data on the Daily: The Art of Simplification

Data on the Daily: The Art of Simplification

The Netflix series Abstract: The Art of Design, has us pretty captivated and inspired these days. Christoph Niemann is the featured artist of episode 1. As an illustrator, Christoph is inspired by the shared human experience. What pieces of an object or image are actually necessary for recognition? How simplified can a form be expressed while still allowing the viewer to inference the whole? Christoph’s comedic use of Legos to represent this simplified concept really reached us as parents…and as…

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We Want to Data Visualize YOU

We Want to Data Visualize YOU

Don’t let the title scare you off! We promise, it’s not nearly as creepy as it sounds.  Here’s the deal…Our site has been upgraded! It’s pretty subtle, but we’re so happy with it and it’s got us all sorts of excited to hit the ground running with some new data visualizations. So, have a look around and let us know what you think. A few things you may notice: Data on the Daily: We’re sharing how data affects our lifestyle…

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Data on the Daily: Visualization Habit

Data on the Daily: Visualization Habit

This Christmas, Lynsey gave me a grid and guides journal for visual thinkers. Grids & Guides: A Notebook for Visual Thinkers The journal has seven distinct graph paper patterns for visualizing and doodling. I have been struggling with how to utilize it. It’s a great tool for exploring new data compositions, and after watching the first episode of the Netflix series Abstract, I feel inspired to dive into using it. Have you caught this new docu-series yet? One of my…

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Data on the Daily: What is Quantified Family?

Data on the Daily: What is Quantified Family?

Ever notice our frequently used hashtag, #quantifiedfamily ? A while back, I came across the concept of quantified self , which wikipedia defines as: “The Quantified Self,[1] also known as lifelogging, is a movement to incorporate t echnology into data acquisition on aspects of a person’s daily life in terms of inputs (food consumed, quality of surrounding air), states (mood, arousal, blood oxygen levels), and performance, whether mental or physical. In short, quantified self is self-knowledge through self-tracking with technology.” And…

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Data on the Daily: Resources for a Family Move

Data on the Daily: Resources for a Family Move

NEW SEGMENT ALERT! We’re sharing how data affects our lifestyle decisions in a new format. Data on the Daily is a view into our quantified family life via regular (hopefully daily) posts from Data Dan or Social Lynsey. Our objective is to demonstrate the ease at which data can be accessed by anyone in order to positively impact (in efficiency and wisdom) decision making of any level of importance. Data Resources for a Family Move If you follow us, you…

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Data: How Minimalist are You?

Data: How Minimalist are You?

Okay, so things have been a little crazy (see big life changes here) and we sat on this data viz for a few weeks. We are back and jumping back on the data viz train! choo-choo. In anticipation of our move from suburbia to the busy city, Lynsey has become fascinated by the concept of minimalism. If you’re interested in learning more about this lifestyle concept, our audience suggested these titles: Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The…

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5 Books to Guide Your Social Media Measurement Program

5 Books to Guide Your Social Media Measurement Program

Social Media ROI can be an intimidating thing for anyone who is getting started using Social to promote their business or organization. Luckily, there are many people who have mastered it and can provide an excellent base as you get started with your use of social media. I recommend these books to anyone who is working in the social media or marketing field. And today…that’s almost everyone. 1. Measure What Matters Measure What Matters by Katie Delahaye Paine, is a quick…

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Adventure & Analysis

Adventure & Analysis

ICYMI, we shared some big news on social media this week… The short of it…we’re moving to PHILLY! In typical Social Larsons style, we plan to over share our journey to a new city. As part of our mission to live a data driven lifestyle as a quantified family, we have big plans in store. From analyzing real estate stats and illustrating the tower of boxes we’ll need, to crowd sourcing your feedback on best areas to live and tips for making…

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