It feels great to be back with the Big Viz Energy. I hope Mr. Milchick will organize an Egg Bar Social, and a handshake will be available upon request after completing the Severance file. Macrodata Refinement has reached quota by the end of the quarter, and that gantt chart did bend after all!
Part 2: p5.js on the move
I like to move it, move it! Turns out, if you stare at the monitor for long enough, try out n+1 options to finally make some elements move: you’ll succeed. Here come my weekly exercises in p5.js you can follow along.
Part 1: p5.js adventures
I’m shocked and extremely happy at the same time that I managed to pull this off! I wrote 500 lines of code in 2 days and redid my most recent viz in p5.js. It is a post about my first weeks (of many more to come) into using this library.
How to make a Saturn chart?
This post is my first ever tutorial, and I think I’m more proud of this solution than I should be. But hey, here’s to a thousand more Saturn charts!
Wild at heart and weird on top
Thanks to David Lynch for keeping me wild at heart, I managed to come up with a new visualization after months. I’m super happy I was able to figure out the math behind this one all by myself. This post covers the design part, the next will focus on building the chart.
Vienna: a visual diary
I spent the last couple of days in Vienna with my bike, and it was one of my best decisions lately. I knew I will enjoy it, I just didn’t know I’ll enjoy it this much. To anyone who is considering visiting Vienna: buy your ticket now!
The Arrival of Amy Adams
Not another movie-themed viz, right? Sorry, but yes, it is. I was trying out some new design perspectives with my favorite actress Amy Adams, that evolved into an infographic. Click for a handy Illustrator trick!
How to set up an Etsy store?
It’s fair to say that I won’t make a fortune selling prints. However, I promise I’ll buy myself a damn fine cup of coffee and a new book after each order. And if I don’t sell anything ever, I still learned a lot during this process.
Live-blogging a new project
There’s a first for everything, so I’m live-blogging my new project from the data collection to the finished viz. I’ll make a diary of my progress and document all the pitfalls, doubts, lousy sketches, ideas that never made it… so tune in for all the damn fine coffees drank on Twin Peaks. I haven’t been this excited for months!
I never had a taste for classical music, but my grandma had a Bösendorfer since she was a child. This meant that someone from the grandchildren had to play the piano, and I won the family lottery. I had no talents, hated going to music school, but I loved hanging with her and practicing her favorite pieces. I pretended to like playing, and she pretended not to hear how bad I was.
Digging into tooltips with David Lynch
The tooltips might not be what they seem, but they deserve to be beautiful too! Transcend with David Lynch and me into formatting tooltips to set them on fire. I’m not saying it’s not 568% extra work to make them more visually appealing, but I think it worth the effort.
Why it’s okay not asking for feedback
This is a story that was heavily inspired by David Lynch, so hear it from him. “…If they give you the right to make the film, they owe you the right to make it the way you think it should be. The filmmaker should decide on every single element, every single word, every single sound, every single thing going down that highway through time. Otherwise it won’t hold together. The film may suck, but at least you made it suck on your own.”
Worst practice 3D bar chart
It was a long time since I enjoyed creating something this much. I’m not encouraging anyone to follow suit on this absolutely worst practice 3D bar chart thingy, but here’s a tutorial just in case.
My favorite graphic artists
Sharing is caring, so here come my top 10 favorite graphic artists. I just ordered a couple of signed prints to freshen up my office wall and because it’s important to support arts if we have the means.
Happy Women’s Day!
I’m lucky enough that never in my life I felt less than a man and experienced no discrimination in any areas of life. I know it’s not the case for all women. Focusing on the negative aspects is always more shocking, but I’m so in for good data vibes.
Going from zero to Zen Master in a year
Wanna know how to become a Tableau Zen Master in less than a year? Yeah, me too. I remember running on the treadmill on March 1, and I was like “what the hell, I’m going to Twitter”. Ever since then, I’m just rolling my head around and keep asking myself if it’s really happening to me.
Using photos: a love & hate relationship
Have you heard about the “picture superiority effect”? Concepts presented with visuals or pictures are better learned and more easily recalled than those without. Dare to use images, but use them right, and don’t overuse!
The history of photography
My adventures in fontland continue. This time I used Kodak and Helvetica Neue Thin to make my viz pop. Helvetica Neue Thin is such an elegant font, that even Kodak would dress up as Helvetica Neue Thin for the font Golden Globes.
Mind-blowing fonts in movies
The people close to me know that I have a soft spot for movies. And fonts. And a bunch of other things, but let’s narrow the scope down to the first two.
Girls can be anything
There are only a few more inspirational toys (if any) for little girls than Barbie. Look at all the jobs she had in the past 50 years. I hope the Data Visualization Designer Barbie is already on its way!
Welcome to my hood
It’s no secret that I’m a walking love letter to Budapest, but I just can’t stop being obsessed with it. Discover all my favorite spots in the hood and see how you can create round-shaped maps in Tableau & Mapbox.
Fire walk with me: All the things I watched in 2020
In 2020 I watched 645 hours of movies and series. Yes, that equals 27 days and it’s almost as long as February. 73% of this time I spent watching series – 660 episodes of 62 different ones. My main platform was Netflix (270 hours), closely followed by HBO GO (250 hours), while I only went to the movies 3 times this year due to the lockdown.
How I got landed a dataviz job at almost 30?
I’m not an easy person. I’m fast, loud, rarely satisfied, I have a can-do attitude, but I get bored easily. I’m a whirlwind, and sometimes people feel intimidated by me. I don’t think that someone is right just because he’s above me in the hierarchy, and it’s hard to shut my mouth when I feel suppressed. I had my problems with that attitude, and I felt that this is all my fault, while it was just not the right workplace for me.
I dared to make a map
Steven Shoemaker dared me to make a map-centered viz. It was like he’s reading into me. I haven’t created a map so far because every time I tried, I realized how much I suck at it. I put a solid 24 hours into this project, and this did not come easy.
How to start building a new dashboard for clients?
I collected all the questions that in a dream world I’d like to get answers to before start building a dashboard. I divided them into four sections (technical setup, purpose, audience, and development) and included a one-pager of the blog post. Without knowing these, for me, it’s just pure luck if I can calculate the effort right.
The Ozone hole
I proudly present my slowest ever dashboard made with minimum ozone damage and maximum love – out of 4 rows and 3 columns of data.