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Treemapping the News (and Flickr)! August 10, 2006

Posted by pakman050 in Design, Information Architecture, Websites.

As you all know Ben Shneiderman and buddies invented the treemap code in the University of Maryland in 1990. Since then many implementations of the code have been rendered including the Visual Thesaurus among others.Marumushi recently uses this technique to give us two very interesting tools.

News Map

NewsmapThis application gives us a visual view of the wonderful world of Google News. Each box represents a news article. The size of the box shows us how popular the news is. The color of the box shows us what kind of news it is (World, Nation, Business, etc.). The Hue of the color shows us how recent it is ( < 10 minutes, > 10 minutes, or > 1 hour).

Excellent use of visual hierarchy to help us read the news.

[News Map]

Flickr Graph

This usage helps us see the social network of flickr users.

Interesting way to see your buddies and who is in their network.

[Flickr Graph]

Maramushi.com has many interesting projects and applications. Check them out.


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[…] I’m a bit late on this but I’m loving this new concept of different ways to visualize content online. I blogged about Treemapping and how it is being used to visually depict information. […]

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