May 19, 2011
Number Picture: A New Kind of Social Visualization Tool
Number Picture is a new web-site whose aim is to provide a tool to enable people to visualize their data. In this regard it is similar to previous social visualization efforts such as IBM's Many Eyes, Tableau Public and the (now defunct) Swivel. Where Number Picture differs considerably from these other tools is that the crowd-sourcing emphasis is on the visualization designs rather than the data - that is, users of the site are encouraged to contribute new visualization designs, called templates, with which to visualize data.
Currently, there are more than 30 templates. Hopefully, this number will grow as designers contribute new templates to the site. Templates are written using the Processing.js toolkit. Instructions are provided to get you started.
Above is shown a visualization I created using Number Picture with data sourced from ONE The Data Report 2011. The same data visualized using a different template is shown below.