Archives: November 2008
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Sometimes you have a ton of facts and figures and no idea of how to present it to the world. If you’ve got the data, but lack the visualization part, here are a few blogs and social networks that will get your creative juices flowing.
(Thanks to @baiano for the tip)
10. Flowing Data
11. Flickr Groups: Information Visualization and Info Graphics
To find out about more about data visualization tools, check out Eight Ways to Get Interactive Data on Your Site, ReadWriteWeb’s The Best Tools for Visualization and Mashable’s 16 Awesome Data Visualization Tools.
Today’s post was inspired by Jared Silfies (@jssilfies), who answered a recent call for topics you’d like to see on 10,000 Words. If there is something you’d like to see featured on this blog, please share in the comments.
Previously on 10,000 Words:
A quick check of recent Technorati backlinks (and more specifically the great blog Old Dog, New Media) revealed that many people were referring to the blog as “10,000words.net,” rather than its actual title of “10,000 Words.” It quickly became apparent that the problem was that the old logo incorporated “.NET” into the name.
This was initially done for branding purposes and to differentiate between this site and 10000words.com. But thanks to readers like you who have spread the word about this nifty little blog, the time has come for 10,000 Words to grow up and lose the “.net.”
Previously: How did you choose your blog’s name?
Not too long ago, 10,000 Words featured 10 Essential iPhone apps for bloggers and reporters. However, as any iPhone owner knows, the gadget isn’t all business. Bloggers and reporters, in addition to photographers, writers, sound editors and logophiles, will find the following iPhone apps are worth a download.
Average Rating: 3 Stars Price: $.99
The iPhone camera is perfect for snapping photos in daylight under perfect weather conditions, but is relatively useless when the sun goes down. Night Camera reduces shakiness and blurriness to optimize nighttime images.
Average Rating: 4 Stars Price: $1.99
Quickly post text, audio, photos and more to Tumblr via the iPhone. The application is heads above the free options floating around the iTunes store.
Average Rating: 4 Stars Price: $9.99
Okay so it’s not exactly ProTools, but FourTrack lets users record and mix tracks on the go. The app has a lot of great features, but sadly no waveform visualization.
Average Rating: 4½ Stars Price: Free
Turn your iPhone into an eReader with this app that gives users access to over 40,000 new and classic books. Perfect for reading Pride and Prejudice during endless meetings.
Average Rating: 3½ Stars Price: Free
You could take a bunch of pictures on the iPhone, upload them to a stitching program and create panoramas. Or you could just use PanoLab’s simple tool for creating vertical and horizontal panoramas. PanoLab Pro ($4.99) has additional image correction features.
Average Rating: 4 Stars Price: Free
WeDict is hands down the best, and most user-friendly dictionary application. And who can argue with the price?
Average Rating: 2 Stars Price: Free
Using a computer keyboard is one thing, but to become an iPhone typing master takes practice. Use this app to improve your dexterity and send those text messages with lightning speed.
Average Rating: 3 Stars Price: $1.99
Admit it: You check your blog stats every few hours (if not minutes). Stats junkies can check the latest numbers from their Google Analytics accounts using this nifty app.
Average Rating: 4 Stars Price: Free
Ah, coffee. The saving grace of many a web worker. If you’re craving a cup of joe, use this app to find the nearest Starbucks to get things brewing.
Average Rating: 3½ Stars Price: $.99
If you’d rather skip the coffee but absolutely need to be somewhere important, iNap uses the iPhone’s GPS technology to notify you when you are approaching your destination, giving you some time to catch some Zs. Not recommended for those behind the wheel.
The internet is full of photojournalists that are capturing the world in new and innovative ways. The following sites are showcasing the best of the medium and are an inspiration to professional and aspiring news photographers everywhere:
WeSay does something rarely seen on the internet: news photos from mainstream media are shown off side by side with the work of amateur photographers. The result is a site that is as visually arresting as the photography it showcases.
Remember Kevin Carter’s 1994 photo of the African child and the vulture? Or the 1945 photo of the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima? This site does and aggregates the photos that have made an undeniable impact on the world.
If you prefer your world-changing photographs in slide show form, Vanity Fair has brought together the famous snapshots of news subjects like Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Hindenburg.
Billed as “the monthly online magazine for visual journalism,” The Digital Journalist brings together the best and latest in photojournalism, including the touching behind-the-scenes gallery of President-elect Obama by Time photographer Callie Shell.
Search through LIFE Magazine’s famous photos and unreleased gems with Google’s newly-released archive.
The 37th Frame is a source for the best photojournalism from around the web and encourages readers to submit their own.
Traditional news photography is given a multimedia kick. Stunning photographs are paired with audio to give the viewer a more detailed depiction of each news subject.
Citizen journalists are running the show at one of many Flickr groups dedicated to photojournalism. The collected works are not surprisingly just as good, if not better, than the pros.
The Big Picture, a blog-style site with amazing photos from around the world, has been around since May, but made a big splash during the Olympics with beautiful photos of the opening ceremony. The tradition continues with photos of subjects ranging from the California wildfires to the Red Bull Air Race.
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