Friday, April 21, 2006

Visual Complexity


Visual Complexity - http://www.visualcomplexity.com/vc/index.cfm - is one of the best sites I know exploring the issues around representing complex data. This is a huge problem for all of us, whether we are considering information on the internet, or understanding an area of research or teaching or learning. There are a wide variety of tools that can help, from mind mapping and concept mapping tools to a huge variety of other methods for exploring complexity.

It currently presents nearly 320 different ways of presenting complex data, many of them dynamic allowing the exploration and understanding of the data and underlying models.

Among my favourite are a travel time London Underground map, which shows the journey time from your selected station to the rest of the network. http://www.visualcomplexity.com/vc/project_details.cfm?id=260&index=18&domain=Transportation%20Networks
and Dreamlines http://www.visualcomplexity.com/vc/project_details.cfm?id=296&index=14&domain=Art simply because it is very relaxing.

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