“Plane table mapping is the most interesting of all to do. One can hardly browse through an account of its various operations without wishing to go directly into the field and do them.” – Down To Earth : Mapping for Everybody, 1944 Humans love maps. Every day in the Scholars’ Lab we help aspiring cartographers…. Continue reading “Plane Table Mapping aka Instant Gratification Mapping”.
Last week I was in Little Rock, Arkansas for the Society for American Music conference, but Prism seemed to be following me: This logo looks uncannily like one of our sketches for Prism highlighting. So far I can’t find anything on the internet about this logo or what kind of company it might be for.…. Continue reading “Prism on Spring Break”.
In geography, size matters. On maps, large always wins over small. We’re human. We’re wired to quickly spot patterns and make visual comparisons. See Tufte, Edward. Picture a map of your own state. How does it compare in size to the states next door, the largest states, the smallest, or Texas? I recently joined with…. Continue reading “Size Matters”.
[cross-posted at katinarogers.com] The SCI study on humanities graduate programs and career preparation is humming along, and while survey responses come in, I’ve been working on determining how best to translate the data into meaningful graphics. After a lot of experimenting, I think the winner is d3.js. Short for for Data-Driven Documents, D3 is Michael…. Continue reading “Data visualizations: Learning d3.js”.
Earlier this year Professor Megan Marlatt from the University of Virginia McIntire Department of Art began work with her students to create a jumbo outdoor mural titled “Hello Pluto, Good-bye Kitty” based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Black Cat“. The mural design covered a large suburban parking lot. From street level, viewers see…. Continue reading “DIY Aerial Photography and Edgar Allan Poe”.
What do you get when you cross archives and artifacts with timelines, modern and historical maps, and an appreciation for the interpretive aims of humanities scholarship? Today, the Scholars’ Lab is proud to announce the launch of Neatline, our set of Omeka plugins for hand-crafted geo-temporal visualization and interpretation. You can head right over to…. Continue reading “Announcing Neatline!”.
It’s been a busy few weeks in Prism, which means that we have some exciting updates for highlighting, visualizations, and the sandbox! Our visualizations now display with the correct colors! This change was surprisingly complicated, since it involved adding yet another function in our d3.js algorithm, but it made a huge difference. I also made…. Continue reading “Spreading the Light: Prism Development is Almost DONE!”.
[Today was the Day of DH. This post was originally written for that crowd, hence some of the introductory material.] Back at the Scholar’s Lab, the whole gang was hanging out at the graduate lounge waiting for our long-awaited session on grant writing and budgeting. Most of us had never seen a budget sheet until…. Continue reading “Die Praxis-Programm”.
I am aware of how ridiculous the title of this post is, but I’ll gloss it by saying that visualizations have been a hot button issue in our recent Praxis talks, and in my opinion, they’re by far the “sexiest” element of Prism. After all, the viz page is where the magic happens. That being…. Continue reading “Let’s get visual.”.
- Troubleshooting Acceptance Testing in RSpec and Capybara
- Playing with toast: Our first Ivanhoe game
- Podcast: Kari Kraus on Humanistic Design
- Steps Taken
- On Not Knowing What I’m Doing
- Rules and Flexibility: Learning from Games for Ivanhoe
- Come explore the Makerspace!
- Minard + Napoleon + Neatline
- Bonjour! Je m’appelle Julia.
- What. The. Junk.