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Number Picture [numberpicture.com] is a web application that enables the creation of custom-made visualizations and infographics through the (re)coding of a collection of open templates. In a way, it takes the concept of social visualization (e.g. Many Eyes) one step further, as it goes beyond offering powerful tools to visualize data to the masses, and instead attempts to crowd-source the creation of the visualization tools themselves, here through the use of templates.

According to the 'About' page, the goal of the service is to provide a "refreshing change to all the millions and billions of bar graphs and pie charts that we see in our everyday lives" and to increase the usage of other visualization techniques outside of the pie chart, which was invented in 1801 ("Yes, that's right, he [William Playfair] invented the Pie Chart").

Data that can be copied and pasted into the template from Excel, while custom-made templates can be added through the use of Processing.js programming. Few examples are available at the moment, but that should be solved shortly, I guess.


Greetings, I am the creator of Number Picture. I am quite impressed that you have found it already because it only properly went live about two days ago.
Im glad you like it enough to have written this article and I agree that there are not many examples up at the moment. But I am working on new templates all the time and these will be available to use asap. But it would also be good to get some collaborative feedback and examples / pictures made by members of the public.
There is a slight learning curve for the coding of the templates but this is almost negligible if you already know anything about Processing. And to make the pictures it is a piece of cake (literally copying and pasting from excel).
But for me this could be a really good opportunity to get some meaningful data visualization design going that people can then actually use to their advantage and for their own projects.
Any ideas and feedback would be very welcome.. And even ideas on possible means of collaboration are welcome at this stage for anybody out there with any.. Let me know

Sun 15 May 2011 at 4:30 AM
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