Residence in Mexico by ICV Arquitectura

[It] was conceived to use the potential of the wonderful seen towards the Gulf of Mexico from each space of the house without sacrificing the privacy and the comfort of its inhabitants, with that intention, the building owns two personalities that contrast, which is observed in the big difference of its facades one of them mostly designed to be seen from the inside, giving all the importance to the views of the sea whereas the second facade was designed to be seen from the outside.

The main concepts were to achieve making the form and the structure as one piece, and by request of the client, all the spaces must be connected so in this case we choose the long terraces in the main facade as a semi-public space to share all the spaces together at the same time with family and friends.

Why Chart Junk is More Useful than Plain Graphs

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Yep, it has been scientifically proven: the accuracy of people in describing charts with ‘chart junk’ is no worse than for plain charts, and the recall after a 2-3 week gap was actually significantly better. In addition, people overwhelmingly preferred ‘chart junk’ diagrams for reading and remembering over plain charts. In all, the researchers conclude that if memorability is important, elaborate visual imagery has the potential to help fix a chart in a viewer’s memory.

I am sure Tufte is not going to like this…

The findings have been described in the paper “Useful Junk? The Effects of Visual Embellishment on Comprehension and Memorability of Charts” [hci.usask.ca]. About 60 participants were asked to look to 14 different information graphs created by Nigel Holmes (see also his book Designer’s Guide to Creating Charts and Diagrams) and their equivalent, custom-made ‘plain’ versions. The ‘chart junk’ charts were all designed to attract the eye, engage the reader, and sometimes provide a particular value message over and above the presentation of the data itself. In fact, the researchers deliberately chose the most extreme type of visual embellishment that they could: namely, the full cartoon imagery used by Holmes.

The participants then answered questions about each chart’s topic and details, such as ‘What is the chart is about?‘, ‘What are the displayed categories and values?‘, ‘What is the basic trend of the graph?‘ and ‘Is the author trying to communicate some message through the chart?‘. Half of the participants then answered the same questions again, after about 5 minutes of playing a game, and half after around 12 days. The experimenters then recorded any correctly recalled charts (e.g. ‘I remember one about the price of diamonds‘).

The illusion of objectivity (as used in minimalist charts) and the use of evocative imagery (as used in Holmes charts) are perhaps just different approaches that work at different ends of the rhetorical spectrum. Designers and readers should remember that a Holmes chart is not necessarily more biased than its plain counterpart – but it may be more effective at conveying the value message that is part of the overall argument.

Via Eager Eyes.

This is what i’ve been trying to articulate for months. Visualisations of data that make what you are reading easier to stomach.

5 Ways To Share What You Love Online

5 ways to share what you love online

These days you can share just about anything online. Sharing your personal taste with the world might seem a little egocentric, but it’s also a great way of getting recommendations from others too.

From TV shows to mobile apps, here’s our guide to sharing what you love online.

TV shows and movies

Miso

Miso takes the Foursquare format of check-ins and badges and translates it to movies and TV shows. When you’re watching something, just log the fact using this iPhone app and you can automatically share your viewing habits via Twitter or Facebook. You can even link up your Foursquare account to check-in at your current location at the same time.

You’ll earn badges for repeat viewing of different genres and you’re able to see what your friends are watching and see what shows are “trending” right now. It’s a little ‘bare bones’ at present and it’s uncannily similar to Foursquare in its design. That said, it’s still an alpha product that launched mere weeks ago so if you’re a TV addict, it might be worth getting in on the action now and seeing how it develops.

Music

Last.fm

Music was the first form of entertainment to be easily shared online, thanks to Last.fm. Over half a decade later and the service is still the best way of letting others know what you’re listening to. Supporting everything from desktop music players to MP3 players, mobile phones and even the XBox 360 and some internet radio stations, Last.fm reaches to just about anywhere you can play music digitally.

The true joy of Last.fm is that once you’ve ’scrobbled’ a decent amount of music it really can recommend new artists and songs to you quite accurately, and the charts it builds of what you’ve been listening to know your music taste better than you do.

Desktop apps

Wakoop

Publicly sharing the desktop apps you use might seem a little strange but Wakoopa has built up a loyal following by allowing users to do that. Beyond simply publishing a feed of the apps you use via services like Twitter and a widget for your website, the service keeps track of your productivity by tracking your app usage on a graph.

Wakoopa will also recommend other apps you might like based on your usage and a social side of the service makes it easy to see what your friends are using. [Disclosure: The Next Web’s parent company is an investor in Wakoopa]

iPhone apps

AppsFire

With so many apps in the iTunes store, choosing the best can be difficult. Appsfire is a service that allows you to share which apps you’re using with others quickly and easily. Available for PC, Mac and as an iPhone app, the service taps into your iTunes account and lets you create lists of apps to recommend with others. A link to your recommendation list can then be shared with others easily.

Beyond friends’ recommendations, the Appsfire website provides ‘VIP’ app lists from well known bloggers including our own Editor in Chief, Zee. A version of Appsfire for Android apps is currently in private beta and will be available to all soon.

Gadgets

Gdgt

If you’re a gadget obsessive, gdgt is the site for you. Run by former Engadget head honchos Ryan Block and Peter Rojas, it allows you to build up lists of the high tech gear you own, would like to own and have had in the past. The site allows you to compare lists with friends, see what others are saying about gadgets you’re interested in or review them yourself.

As with most of the services in this list, there’s Twitter and Facebook integration and dynamic recommendations based on what you’ve shared. As a reference source for information about new gadgets and a place to discuss them, Gdgt can’t be beaten.

Martin Bryant UK Editor, The Next Web
Martin Bryant is based in Manchester, UK. A co-founder of the city’s monthly Social Media Cafe events and award-winning blogger, he is Digital Content Editor for Marketing Manchester. His main interests are developments in the social web that relate to the mobile and music industries. Twitter, Personal site