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Category Archives: Data visualisation

Design of Understanding is back

Written on September 27, 2016 at 10:43 am, by

It’s great to see the Design of Understanding conference is back. Organised by Max Gadney of the design agency After the Flood, these days were hugely inspiring when he ran them at the St Bride Institute in London each January. This one is on health design, on 29 November 2016 at the Google Campus in  Continue Reading »

Lewis, Horabin & Gane on algorithms: scanned

Written on November 17, 2013 at 12:19 am, by

Last year I recalled the pioneering work on flowcharts and algorithms published by Brian Lewis, Ivan Horabin and Christopher Gane in 1967. I’ve now scanned it to make it more generally available. It is placed here under Open Government Licence. The full citation should be BN Lewis, IS Horabin and CP Gane (1967), Flow charts, logical trees and  Continue Reading »

Reflecting on the Conversation Prism

Written on July 11, 2013 at 5:03 pm, by

I recently came across the newest version of The Conversation Prism (see: This poster-style infographic by Brian Solis and JESS3 is a visualization of the social media landscape. It maps what social media consumers are using, grouping them according to what people do with them. First produced in 2008 it is now in its fourth  Continue Reading »

Remembering algorithms

Written on October 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm, by

With the current interest in visualisation (of data, issues and processes), it’s worth reminding ourselves of the pioneering work done in the 1960s by Brian Lewis, Ivan Horabin and others, who developed flow chart versions of complex rules and regulations they called ‘algorithms’, or often ‘ordinary language algorithms’ to distinguish them from computer programmes. Two  Continue Reading »

We need to talk about data

Written on August 2, 2012 at 8:41 am, by

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee normally spends its time berating government departments for their real or imagined failings in managing government spending (a task for which their current chair, Margaret Hodge, is well suited.) But they also look at wider questions of value for money and their latest report looks at progress with  Continue Reading »