27
Dec 09

Visual Junk

I’m not sure I understand Digg Labs.  I’ve tried, multiple times, to use the data visualizations and interfaces.  It’s probably pretty cool to be in Digg headquarters with a bunch of flat screens with these things running all the time.  I’m not sure how useful they are otherwise.

Of course, it’s easy to bash without some alternative.  I guess I’d ask Digg this — what was the design brief for each of these visualizations?  Who are the users?  What problems are you solving for them?

In absence of that guidance, I can make a few assumptions.  Maybe I can mock up a few visualizations that are more useful.


07
Mar 09

Music Trends in Tag Clouds

Last 12 Months Most Played Tracks

Last 12 Months Most Played Tracks

I’ve got a wide variation of bands in my last 12 months.  When you look across 3 years or so of data, you get a different picture — with some dominant bands/names.

3 Year Most Played Tracks

3 Year Most Played Tracks

Pictures created using wordle and last.fm.