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Old Blog Series: Different Ways to Look at Problems

This is taken from my old internal blog…I’m slowly moving this stuff over here:

For the last few weeks, I’ve been introducing different ways to visualize our work. For example Apdex, Lego Blocks, state models, the NG reference architecture and pipelines . I’m a fairly visualized learner, so I tend to be a more effective learner when I can present a picture or diagram. I tend to be a better communicator when I can work with a picture or diagram, rather then bulleted or narrative text.

Some of you have had the pleasure of reviewing the MIT Timeline project (http://simile.mit.edu/timeline/) I passed on a few weeks back, as well as another example called Gapminder (http://tools.google.com/gapminder/) that I forwarded on earlier today. If you haven’t seen either of these, please take a look. They are highly effective visualizations for understanding sequential and spacial data representations. We could use these tools within our own practice for materializing performance and scalability models, correlating multi-dimensional data representations, as well as digesting massive quantities of data.

Which gets me to why I wrote this email. I came across this site (http://infosthetics.com/), well it’s more a blog then anything about using visualization. The sole mission of the site is to comment or identify visualizations of a concept or data. For example, take a look at http://themulife.com/?p=553 or http://infosthetics.com/archives/2007/01/2007_trend_map.html.

I would like to see how we can represent data (single and multi-dimensional) via correlations in a more abstract manner. Writing 20 page reports, bulleted power points and massive spreadsheets simply doesn’t do an effective job of representing our work.

I’m interested in your thoughts …