Understanding Well-Being

Which countries are Happiest? Which countries are Happiest - composite

Sunshine and Happiness

Happiness in the Office

Does Education Lead to Happiness?

Travelers Guide to Happiness

Social Media and Happiness

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Psychologist creates formula for happiness:

According to the Daily Express, 45-year-old former Cardiff University lecturer Cliff Arnall has attached numbers to the factors and created a happiness formula -- O + (N x S) + Cpm/T + He.

When a value for being outdoors (O) is added to nature (N) multiplied by social interaction (S), added to childhood summer memories (Cpm) divided by temperature (T), and added to holiday excitement (He) then the third Friday in June comes out as the optimal day for peak happiness.

A New Measure of Well-Being From a Happy Little Kingdom (Bhutan)

Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index (this site has a lot of findings as well as data sources)

World Database on Happiness

All About Process

Yet another entry from Infographic of the Day, I spent a good chunk of time after class reading and digesting an article about this infographic from Pop Chart Lab.  Not just for the pretty graphic above, but for how the designers went about collecting and processing data, and then drafting multiple graphics to come up with the image you see here.  I find it particularly relevant given today's themes about process, showing your work, and the importance of leaving a paper trail to show how far you've come since the first draft.  Definitely worth a read if you have some time, and some needed inspiration for the final.

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Texas Wildfire Coverage Superimposed on Major US Cities

I'd say one of the important functions of information design is to make numbers and facts -- which might otherwise be hard to grasp and contextualize -- extremely easy to understand. Sometimes, it can be as simple as taking some information and contextualizing it against information which is meaningful and familiar to the reader, as done in this post in the atlantic. He took a circle the size of the Texas wildfires and superimposed that over major US cities:

Policy statement against fictional infographics

(Statement prompted by overload of fictional Bin Laden infographics lately.) The blogger: Chiqui Esteban

These are the points of the statement, which I strongly support. Visual journalism is, above any other thing, journalism. 1. An infographic is, by definition, a visual display of facts and data. Therefore, no infographic can be produced in the absence of reliable information.

2. No infographic should include elements that are not based on known facts and available evidence.

3. No infographic should be presented as being factual when it is fictional or based on unverified assumptions.

4. No infographic should be published without crediting its source(s) of information.

5. Information graphics professionals should refuse to produce any visual presentation that includes imaginary components designed to make it more "appealing" or "spectacular". Editors must refrain from asking for graphics that don't stick to available evidence.

6. Infographics are neither illustrations nor "art". Infographics are visual journalism and must be governed by the same ethical standards that apply to other areas of the profession.

Read complete and endorse at NiemanWatchdog.org.

Scientific Data Visualization

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Figure 2 reminds me of the Tufte idea of putting a very complex chart on a table or wall and letting people examine it for themselves.  BTW, I have no idea what these images represent.  The abstract is below - interesting that the authors include cost as one of the factors.

An essential facet of the data deluge is the need for different types of users to apply visualizations to understand how data analyses and queries relate to each other. Unfortunately, visualization too often becomes an end product of scientific analysis, rather than an exploration tool that scientists can use throughout the research life cycle. However, new database technologies, coupled with emerging Web-based technologies, may hold the key to lowering the cost of visualization generation and allow it to become a more integral part of the scientific process.

The article from today's Science