About

This Blog

This Blog is made for my Data Visualisation unit at University. It is a place to store lecture notes, analysis of some other data visualisationsand any other university work I need to post.

Me

Fast. Detail Oriented. Reliable. Unique. These are just some of the words that people have used to describe Thomas. Coming from the Shire, Thomas has a unique take on design as a whole. He doesn’t just see it as information and pictures on a page, he sees it as a mixture of art and engineering. While everything designed has to be aesthetically appealing, it also has to convey the information being asked of it. This is a real balancing act which Thomas excels at.

The fast work rate that was mentioned earlier allows Thomas to complete an enormous amount of work very quickly, which is a huge advantage, especially when time is of the essence…which seems to always happen. His strong work ethic coupled with his unique style is an enormous compliment to his work rate which means that his work is always of a professional quality.

While Thomas does not have a huge back catalogue of work dating back many years, he does have a large amount of experience creating various different outcomes (books, websites, posters etc.) for both university projects, retail advertisements along with trophies and engraving. Through his work at both university and in trophies and engraving, Thomas has gained a keen understanding of what it takes to both design and produce a piece of work.

After University, Thomas wants to get a job as a graphic designer, working on numerous different types of design outcomes, in an effort to become a better designer, because there is always something else to learn.

Links

Worlds Biggest Data Breaches & Hacks

This is a a really great interactive bubble chart about the worlds biggest data breaches & hacks. It allows you to sort through the data by categories and click on each different bubble for more information about each data breach.

Make Data More Human – Jer Thorp

A TEDx talk from Vancouver by Jer Thorp about putting abstract data into a human context, and talking about why his art focuses on bringing big data to life.

The Fallen of World War II

This is a really cool part-visualisation, part-documentary by Neil Halloran about the casualties of World War II highlighting various aspects of the war.

House of Cards – Radiohead

For Radiohead’s 2008 music video ‘House of Cards’ no actual cameras were used to film it. Instead a rotating scanner and laser were used to collect 3D data, with the actual video being the visualisation of that data.

Planetary

Planetary is an iPad app that visualises your music library as the universe. Each artist is represented by a star, the planets orbiting them are albums and their moons are tracks.

How America Came to Accept Gay Marriage

This is a really cool visualisation showing how the perceptions of America towards gay marriage have changed from 1993-2014. It is a changing map with the colour of each separate state changing colours from red to blue to visualise their changing attitudes.

Infectious Diseases and Vaccines

The winner of the Data Journalism Awards in 2015. This visualisation shows how disease rates have plummeted since the widespread use of vaccines. It allows you to hover over the chart to be shown additional figures.

Why do Busses Bunch?

This is a really complicated set of data that is really effectively shown in this form where it is almost turned into a game to show how even a small delay can cause busses to bunch up after a while.