Recently I’m reading Beautiful Visualization, which shows a glance of how visualization presents the data elegantly.
In the 1990s, wordle made up of chinese character has already existed to lift elements from the picture for emphasis in Neon Genesis Evangelion(my favorite Japanese science fiction anime).
Besides irregular form of wordle, the periodic table of elements shows a neat form of wordle based on chemical properties. The common purpose of forms is: love at first sight.
Pictures: Upverter periodic table of HW engineering
In the table, Seeed Studio was labeled as “PCB MFG in China”, actually, that was just part of Seeed: the Fusion/Propagate provide PCB Services. We are dedicated to providing accessible technology and agile manufacturing, to help makers grow inspirations to differentiating products.
After learning the Wordle in Chapter 3, I decided to make a visualization for Seeed.
Wordle stands for “word clouds”, created by Jonathan Feinberg, explained as “the gateway drug to textual analysis”. It’s simple and powerful even for those who have never heard of Information Visualization, aka infographic.
The service is online at wordle.net; you can create or use the infographics shared by others.
The basic usage is one click mothod: input the text or url. I tried seeedstudio.com and seeedstudio.com/blog.
After this, in advanced process, you can change the font, layout, color, and the rotation of text etc. What’s more, the weight of the words can be specific, making your desired pictures.
Here are some mutants created with url.
From the above-shown pictures, we can catch a glance of Seeed Studio.
- PCB, BGA: Fusion service
- NFC, W5500, I2C: the common technology in Software/Hardware
- Grove, Xadow, Galileo, Kits: Products on bazaar
You can also Google to find lots of similar web apps to create wordle. Another alternative one I recommend is Tagcrowd. It’s less powerful but it could also create with url, thus helping you focus on the key points of a website.
The design of Seeed name card
Creation with url is simple, but it also brings a problem: noise in signal. The weight of words are counted in the front page of the site, rather than deep into site content in Google’s way. Besides this, name card is not big enough to carry too much information; we need a lite pack of keywords to produce the wordle.
The first version comes with an old one I created months ago, which tells the hackathons of ATT & Seeed.
Here’s the source file:
app application ATT ATT ATT code community community community development developer build seeedstudio seeedstudio seeedstudio event hack hack solution programming programming programming idea hackathon hackathon hackathon hackathon products health contest contest contest science education wearables wearables wearables chaihuo workshop workshop
During the design of new name card of Seeed, we finally decided to put a wordle which can present the characteristics of Seeed. We selected the following words:
+ add Industry Design homebrew IOT Innovate China Seeeduino Shenzhen2U Maker4Makers Maker4Makers Maker4Makers Maker4Makers CNC agile agile agile manufacture manufacture manufacture OPL Fusion 3D Printing ODM ODM ODM PCBA PCBA Shield Shield app Community community community Developer hack hack solution programming programming programming idea hackathon hackathon products wearables wearables wearables chaihuo workshop workshop - delete Wifi gprs humidity eink wearable GPRS Inject Molding RF Explorer Cable Eink science education DSO Xadow SBC Laser Cutting
After integrated with VI, here’s the one we use:
How do you like it? There’s still space for improvement. I’d rather choose a better algorithm to discovery the gene of us, despite all the artificial interference, but there is a long way to go.
To be continued.
Visualization is the graphic presentation of data — portrayals meant to reveal complex information at a glance. Think of the familiar map of the New York City subway system, or a diagram of the human brain. Successful visualizations are beautiful not only for their aesthetic design, but also for elegant layers of detail that efficiently generate insight and new understanding.
This book examines the methods of two dozen visualization experts who approach their projects from a variety of perspectives — as artists, designers, commentators, scientists, analysts, statisticians, and more. Together they demonstrate how visualization can help us make sense of the world.