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Quarantine Day 12

I came across the same image as yesterday’s What Makes a Good Data Visualization from the Information is Beautiful website. This one is used to display Ikigai:


According to the Wikipedia, Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being”. The word refers to having a direction or purpose in life, that which makes one’s life worthwhile, and towards which an individual takes spontaneous and willing actions giving them satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life.

Here are other views of Ikigai in the more traditional look of Venn diagram:


Ikigai is a great concept in finding purpose and happiness in life. It is what gets us up every morning and keeps us going. It was said that if we can find pleasure and satisfaction in what we do and we are good at it, we have found our Ikigai. Having an awareness of Ikigai, I hope to find mine one day.


Quarantine Day 11

I came across this visualization today called, What makes a good visualization? on informationisbeautiful.net.

What Makes a Good Visualization by David McCandless

David makes the point that to have a successful visualization, one’d need to have all four essential elements: information (data), story (concept), goal (function) and visual form (metaphor). Missing one of the four would make our visualizations less effective. For example, if mixing only data and visual form, visualizations are artsy, but not useful. If mixing only data and story, visualizations follows a script, but with no purpose. Data with only goals, visualizations display a plot, but not exciting. It’s only when data is combined with story, goal and visual form, visualizations come to life.

Interesting concepts. I’ll have to keep these in mind when building future visualizations.

Reference: MaCandless, David. What Makes a Good Visualization? https://informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/what-makes-a-good-data-visualization/

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