I’ve been on the lookout for some decent information visualization tools lately. Does anyone know of any good tools, in particular map based tools, that offer some level of customization, as well as the ability to map out multiple variables? Since I don’t work day in day out in info viz, I don’t have a great sense of this space. Are there good general info viz softwares out there? How much of this work is done in Illustrator?
The Feltron Annual Report is built with Processing. Not a tool for the faint of heart, but an amazing result for info graphics.
Thanks for the recommendation nxact. Looks like powerful stuff.
.ai files can also be programatically written with relative ease once you know the structure, they are just text, and brought into AI or PS and rendered over stock maps, etc.
Google maps has API’s if you are going for web based imagery, as well some PHP tools that work similarly.
To find good tutorials and help content, what search terms should I use?
Adobe has a photoshop scripting reference book and pdf available as well. There are instructions in adobe support for turning on the scriptlistening plugin, which records each of your actions in PS in a text file so you can see the structure.
Interesting… Do you have any examples ?
I mentioned many tools, there are examples for each tool on the net.
Propose a specific requirement for a visualization of data and I will propose an approach for the PS scripting solution.
Hey, thanks for the reply. Let me work through an example and I’ll get back to you. I found this today: A time-based transit map | The Economist which might be of interest to the discussion.