- Making of the Weather Portraits poster
- November 21, 2015
With so many options available for visualizing weather, settling on one for my Weather Portraits poster was a challenge, but a fun one. Over the course of three weeks, I experimented with dozens of ideas—most of which are documented here for people like me who like that sort of thing and to hopefully spark some future ideas for others.
- Making of the Colors of World Flags poster
- May 25, 2015
During the few weeks it took to create my Colors of World Flags poster, I went through several iterations and ideas before settling on the final product. Experimenting with these ideas was as much fun as working on the end result and I thought others would enjoy seeing the path I took.
- Making of the National Parks of the United States poster
- November 23, 2013
I've been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to my National Parks of the United States poster. I want to thank everyone for such kind words. I also want to thank everyone who shared it with others. Several people have asked how I made it so I'll outline process, list my sources and show a few early prototypes as an extra bonus.
- Transit charts: fun with public data
- September 4, 2012
Continuing my latest obsession with data visualization, I had some fun with public transportation data. In an attempt to play around with a new color palette and put a different face on old data, I wound up creating what I call Transit Charts.
- Visualizing Metra
- August 14, 2011
When I heard that Metra was planning to cut 46 trains from its service in 2012 to make up for high operating costs, I wanted to see just how much of an impact that would have on their schedules—using a technique from 1885. How the final result came about was a mixture of curiosity and fun with a pinch of obsession.
- Why I block ads
- August 18, 2010
Ever since I found out I could block ads, I have. I've even gone out of my way to download Firefox extensions like Stylish to let me write my own styles that block ads not caught by AdBlock. I popped over to NBC Chicago's weather page to see the forecast for tonight and was painfully reminded that I had forgotten to re-enable AdBlock after disabling it for another project.
- TV cheat sheet: a design exercise
- July 5, 2010
After some recent back-and-forth with Comcast, I upgraded my TV subscription and with it came a raft of new channels with numbers far higher than I ever imagined as a kid. I don't watch TV a lot but I watch it enough to know my favorite channels but with these new options, I needed a cheat sheet. During a recent visit with my parents, my father presented me with a cheat sheet of his own and inspired me to take up the challenge myself.
- Designing Obama arrives
- June 23, 2010
Arriving home from a long vacation is usually met with bills, messages, and piles of emails but this time, an extra surprise was waiting: my copy of Designing Obama.
- Time-lapse video of Iceland volcano
- May 15, 2010
Stunning time-lapse imagery of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland.
- Mandelbrot fractal art competition exhibitions
- May 4, 2010
Anyone going to be in San Sebastián, Bilbao, Buenos Aires, or Hyderabad? If you are and enjoy fractal art, take some time to check out the exhibit of 2009 Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Competition winners—including a piece from me.