I turned 34 yesterday, and finally, September 1 was not about letting out the yearly number of cries for not being where I wanted to be. This was a great year, probably the best I’ve had so far. I reached everything I never even thought I would. But I knew from the start that such a quick rise can only result in a quick burnout.
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 updates. 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Somewhere around March at the beginning of quarantine in Hungary, a friend and I started to read Infinite Jest. The book is the thickest and most complicated reads of my life so far, it’s 1100 pages long in a very big format (not only good for reading but weight lifting excercises too) written in 8pt font size. But hey, I like literary challenges!
Last week I was searching for a photo of Barbie pony and at the back, I saw a terrible drawing hanging on the wall over the bed of my little brother. I wonder how he could fall asleep looking at that every night. Turns out, I had that Addams Family vibe from pretty early on. I told my mom, that it’s okay if she wants to have this tattooed on her arm!
I decided to take part in this week’s MakeoverMonday challenge, as the topic was really close to my heart: how has the music industry changed in the past 40 years. The original viz was so great, that I decided to go nuts for donuts with this submission.
During this lockdown, I realized a lot of things. One of them is that I can cook. However, the recipes I try are located on different websites and 2 weeks later I don’t even remember where I saved them. That’s when the idea came to make my cookbook, and if I do it, why not make it in Tableau? Why? Just because it can be done.
This is the third (and final?) quarantine life viz after Couchella and My Fallen Kindom, using the same style as these two before. This time I downloaded my bank account info and had a look at how my spending structure has changed in the past months.
I was riding my bike yesterday to the pharmacy to save my head from being exploded when the idea popped into my mind. I’m gonna draw the layout of my flat and make a heatmap of what I’m doing where for how long in the apartment!
COUCHELLA 2020 is here! I’m not proud of myself for watching 45 hours of content in 3 weeks, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I even saw a film called “What Men Want” and I still don’t have a clue.
It’s my 5th day home and I’m starting to have the dumbest dataviz ideas. Being inside all the time can be pretty hard, but I hope having a creative tsunami will be one of its worst side effects.
I’m one of those dinosaurs that still use Last.fm, and I like nothing more than visualizing the data I make. For me, 2019 was an extraordinary year music-wise, I set a new scrobbling record and discovered a lot of new songs and bands (thanks Spotify).
Why get out of bed when you can read about people who got out of bed? This pretty much sums up my past weeks, so I decided to make a visualization from an idea that has spent a long time on my to-do list. I put together a database from all the books I’ve read since 2009 (the year I started using moly) and it turned out that the 278 titles almost add up to 100 000 pages.
These Word Urban Games are advertised all over town and as I was walking to the subway yesterday morning I just found a real Hungarian e-sport opportunity. There’s a reconstruction going on in the city centre for months now (that makes biking impossible), and I picked out a spot where some cobblestones were missing. The […]
I started working full time in 2011 when I was still doing my masters at the university. This practically meant, that all my vacations have been taken out to do tests, write assignments and prepare for a language exam. I don’t have the slightest idea how I managed to get any sleep in those years, […]
We had this task at work to experiment with new dataviz softwares, that are not that popular as Tableau and Power BI. I choose to explore Flourish, a tool that is more suitable for data journalists than analysts with its easy to put together, but eye-candy ready-made charts. Even though it’s easy to use and […]
I haven’t left the house for 48 hours as I’m not feeling that well lately plus I caught some kind of a virus. To chase my negative thoughts away I started to redraw my swimming girl into this quiet loneliness.
Last week I wrote about putting together a list of the things that define me. I was in a really bad mood yesterday, so to absorb my negative energies I started to make a visualization out of it. I don’t think this could get any more personal, so I can only say: Hey, there! This is […]
Last week I finally received Mari Andrew’s book (not sure to mark it as treasure or golden), Am I there yet? and it got me thinking a lot about myself. There’s a section where Mari listed the things that define her and I sat down with a pen and a notebook to collect all the stuff […]
This work of mine is an odd one out in the series of my data-driven designs. My very first standalone illustration was inspired by my boyfriend. A couple of weeks ago I was travelling home looking through the window of a stranger’s car when the idea popped into my mind. Making a personalized Scrabble board […]
There are some things I can’t help doing and this is what I call the dataviz lifestyle. Even when I’m on vacation, my mind is all around numbers, maps, arts… anything that has the potential to visualize. And anyway, what would a data muggle do in the capital of alchemy if not some data sorcery? […]
Some weeks ago I was asked to give a short lecture at the Data Stories 2018 exhibition organized by the Central European University. I decided to speak about the growing importance of data visualization in the 21st century, because it’s mind-blowing how fast the world has changed in the last decades. We face so many new information […]
January is always about planning, making resolutions and slowly forgetting about them. Not for me though, I never failed to keep a promise to myself, even if it was hard to achieve. 2017 was my toughest year of all – I even had to admit, that I overstretched my borders a bit -, but at the […]