Review of tornado probability graph

Found this article on Digg. There are two graphics on there: 1) Time of day heat map, and 2) U.S. geographical choropleth map. Combined, this allows for a nearly instantaneous idea of when/where tornadoes are most likely to hit.

It would have been nice to see a month heat map here as well. I'm curious how many tornadoes, if any, hit in December for example. I'm also curious about the strength of a tornado vs time of day, but that was probably out of scope for this article.

In my opinion, this is an excellent data visualization. Instead of using rainbow colors, these graphs show variation by scaling a single color which is much more effective. Further, each map uses the same colors for the same purposes. Even more impressive, the colors tend to match what severe weather looks like (severe = dark, less severe = light). Lastly, although there are no illustrations within the graphs, they aren't needed here at all.


What Killed the Infographic? - a Response

In Mark Wilson's excellent piece ("What Killed the Infographic?) about the state of infographics, he mentions that the industry is 'growing up'. In many ways, that's a good thing as it might reduce some of the 'noise' out there. Google 'infographics' and you'll be inundated with both well-designed pieces and those that are nothing more than colors splattered on a page interspersed with random numbers. I would like to see the industry 'grow up' as well, in hopes that the overall quality and design of infographics would increase.

He goes on to imply that the industry is becoming more standardized. When referencing tools like Tableau, he says: "Now, it might not be the world's most creative data visualization. But that's one of the tradeoffs." This is where I begin to see problems.

If the industry ends up being 'codified', then most infographics will look the same. That, to me, is boring and sterile. I want to see real creativity, real genius in this industry - that's what got it going in the first place. For the true, highly-talented creators out there, they will never use software such as Tableu - it's far, far too limiting. Instead, they will continue to use whatever tools allow them to produce the most innovative pieces out there.

Thus, while the industry may indeed be 'growing up', I certainly hope that doesn't mean it also becomes sterile. That being said, I'm sure there will always be room for the true creatives out there.


Top 10!

Do you like association football (soccer)? The world certainly does. My feature "Swallowing the Bitter Pill: England, the Premier League and the World Cup" made the Top 10 Features list for Statistics Views. Many thanks to the readers for making it possible.


2015 Cricket World Cup

Top Five Cricket World Cup Feats 2015Did you watch the 2015 Cricket World Cup? Were you aware that such a thing exists and that it's the third-most watched event in the world (behind the Association Football World Cup and the Summer Olympics)? A lot happened in this year's edition.

Click here to find out the Top 5 feats from the event.


Interview with Session College for Professional Design

Recently, Sessions College conducted an interview with me about some recent artwork of mine that is being displayed. There is some practical advice in there as well as some real-world experience stories. Click here for a transcript of that interview.

For those that are interested in a career in graphic design, Sessions College is a good place to go, especially if you require your education to be internet-based. I graduated in December of 2014 and feel that it was a very good experience. Going in, I knew very little about graphic design and coming out, I knew a great deal - with practical experience.

Like any other endeavor, you get out what you put into it. So, if you give Sessions a try, put your heart and soul into it and you'll be rewarded accordingly.


The Road Least Traveled

nba_article_logo_FINAL_280Just how hard is it to make the NBA (National Basketball Association)? Further, how hard is it to make a career out of the NBA? It's much, much more difficult than you might think.

I examine rookie Jarnell Stokes' rise through high school, college and finally the NBA. Does he have what it takes to stay in the NBA or will he wash out like so many others?

Click here to read the article on Statistics Views.


Making the top 10 on Statistics Views

My article "Swallowing the Bitter Pill: England, the Premier League and the World Cup" made the top 10 most accessed articles on Statistics Views for 2014. If you haven't had a chance to read it, click here.


The Rise of the Samurai Pitcher


Since the early 90s, Japanese pitchers have been infiltrating Major League Baseball. Starting with Hideo Nomo through Masahiro Tanaka (NY Yankees), they've made their mark. For better or worse, they are here to stay.

What's behind this trend? How did it get started?

And just who *are* these guys anyway?

Read all about it here.


Swallowing the Bitter Pill: England, the Premier League and the World Cup

England - the country that invented association football (soccer). Steeped in pride and history, the English national team has struggled at the World Cup.

Some blame the Premier League.

Some blame the players.

Some blame English culture.

The topic is hot and the 2014 World cup is upon us. Sports fans in England are frustrated and anxious. Is England up for the challenge this year? Check out the article here.


Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust: How the NFL evolved from run, run, run to pass, pass, pass.

It's Super Bowl Sunday and I can't think of a better date to share my latest article published on January 31, 2014 on Statistics Views titled "Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust: The Evolution of Passing in the NFL". Did you know that passing wasn't even legal in football until 1906? Did you further know that it was first put in as a way to reduce the number of deaths occurring in the game?

Once passing was introduced, it was only a matter of time before coaches created new ways to utilize this powerful attack. Over the years, it has transformed the offensive game from a running attack to a passing attack, elevating the quarterback as master and commander of the football field. Check out the story here.

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