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LastGraph has been updated. If you’ve not seen it before, it’s a data visualisation tool for your LastFM profile.

I stopped scrobbling for a while because I found the LastFM client to be a bit of a resource hog. So my graph looks a bit weird and I’m really not sure where that Shakira blip came from. I mean, I do confess to having a Shakira album in my library, but it doesn’t get played that much. I blame it on shuffle.

(Thanks Matt)

Information Design for NGOs


The Tactical Technology Collective have released a great little PDF booklet online called Visualizing Information for Advocacy: An introduction to information design.

It was designed by John Emerson, who writes the blog, Social Design Notes and is a pretty good intro to information design for anyone, not just advocacy organisations.

Because of the subject matter, it demonstrates very well how good presentation of information can be very powerful indeed. It’s packed full will lots of great examples. from the now famous Hans Rosling work on debunking myths about the third-world, to John Snow’s mapping of cholera deaths in London, made famous by Edward Tudte in Envisioning Information.

You can download it from the Tactical Technology Collective page or head straight to the direct link to the PDF.

The Whale Hunt by Jonathan Harris


Whatever your opinion on commercial whaling, substance whaling is a totally different affair. It’s been part of aboriginal Eskimo life for thousands of years and has deep roots in their cultural life, beliefs and survival.

Jonathan Harris, whose work I find consistently beautiful, has created a mesmerising project called The Whale Hunt documenting the ten days he spent with a family of Inupiat Eskimos in Barrow, Alaska, during their annual spring whale hunt.

Taking 3,214 photos, each at five-minute intervals he has created what he calls a “photographic heartbeat” of the experience. During moments of heightened activity, the “heartbeat” would quicken to a maximum of 37 pictures per minute.


The mass of information and images (almost all of which are, amazingly, beautiful photographs) can be viewed in different ways through different interfaces and constraints, something that characterises Harris’s work.

Be warned, some of the shots are pretty grisly, but you will also see the beauty of the landscape and a sense of the ritual. Visit The Whale Hunt site for the background or dive right in and play.

[tags]jonathanharris, interactivity, interface, visualisation[/tags]