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In Silico Flurries: Computing a world of snow. Scientific American. 23 December 2017


breaking + ideas

Recent & Upcoming

upcoming

22–25 October 2018
visualization
workshop

EMBO Practical Course - Bioinformatics and Genome Analysis
Pasteur Institute, Tunis, Tunesia
16–30 June 2019
visualization
workshop

EMBO Practical Course - Bioinformatics and Genome Analysis
San Michele all'Adige, Italy
20–21 September 2018
conference
visualization
workshop

Brain & Mind Symposium
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University of Helsinki, Finland
1 August 2018
talk
visualization

Art is Science in Love
MSFT YVR DataViz Symposium, Microsoft Research, Vancouver
27 July 2018
visualization
workshop

Data Visualization in Epigenetics Reporting Pipelines
Zymo Research, Irvine, CA
20 July 2018
media
visualization

Our job as scientists is to find the truth. But we must also be storytellers
Article by Nick Enfield in the Guardian references our Storytelling Points of View column
9 July 2018
conference
keynote
talk
visualization

One successful data exploration—many explanations
Keynote at BioVis2018, ISMB, Chicago, USA.
1 July 2018
illustration
magazine
visualization

The Whole Earth Cataloguer
Tree of life illustration accompanying the article. Sactown June/July 2018, p.89
28 June 2018
celebration
math
tau day

Happy `\tau` day!
Art for everyone.
28 June 2018
art
constellation
map
space
stars
visualization

IAU Constellation Shape Resources
Draw constellations and download high-resolution star charts.
23 June 2018
scientific american
visualization

The Same Genes May Underlie Different Psychiatric Disorders
Analysis of 700 human brains and 11,000 genes.
23 June 2018
art
space
visualization

Universe: Superclusters and Voids
Galaxy clusters, superclusters and voids within 12,000 million light-years. And one quasar.
1 June 2018
art
science
talk

Bridging Science, Art and Design
Sydney Vivid Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
31 May 2018
visualization
workshop

Data Visualization Masterclass
Sydney Vivid Festival, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia
25 May 2018
carpalx
keyboard
media

Why we can't give up this odd way of typing
A BBC article by Tim McDonald about keyboard layouts, referencing my layouts generated with my Carpalx keyboard optimization software
15–20 April 2018
conference
visualization

Visualization of Biological Data - Crossroads
Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum fur Informatik GmbH
16 March 2018
visualization
workshop

SFU Omics Visualization Workshop
1–4 pm, Library Committee Room 7200, WAC Bennet Library, SFU
14 March 2018
art
math
pi
piday
visualization

2018 `\pi` Day art
Jake Lever and I shrink the world and use the digits of `\pi` to shuffle road maps.
14 February 2018
art
love
science
valentine

Art is Science in Love
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Charles Perkins Center, University of Sydney, Australia
13 February 2018
design
visualization

Information design is data choreography for the page
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University of Sydney, Australia
9 February 2018
design
visualization

Information design is data choreography for the page
DOWNLOAD SLIDES
Westmead Institute for Medical Research, Sydney, Australia
8 February 2018
visualization
workshop

Communicating science visually: Design of scientific concept and data figures
part of the Australian Poultry Science Symposium (APSS), Sydney, Australia, 4–7 February 2018
4–7 February 2018
conference
visualization

The Australian Poultry Science Symposium (APSS), Sydney, Australia. 4–7 February 2018.
Enhancing research communication through information design and visual storytelling: Reflections on 10 years of APSS proceedings figures
31 January 2018
art
public
science

Art is Science in Love
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WATCH VIDEO
Curiosity Collider
15 December 2017
scientific american
visualization

In silico flurries: computing a world of snow
With Jake Lever.
18 December 2017
art
cover
nature

Human versus machine
Making of the 2017 Nature 10 cover: balancing subjective design with objective optimization.
26–29 November 2017
visualization
workshop

4th Canadian Conference on Epigenetics
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Mechanisms of disease
14 Nov 2017
art
visualization

Snowflake simulation
Each simulated snowflake is beautiful and, of course, unique.
2 Nov 2017
art
illustration
visualization

Genes that make us sick
Illustration in 'The Objects that Power the Global Economy' by Quartz.
11 October 2017
hive plot
network
visualization

Differential Hive Plots: Seeing Networks Change
Martin Krzywinski, Ka Ming Nip, Inanc Birol, Marco Marra (2017) Leonardo, 50:5, p.504
6–8 October 2017
visualization
workshop

iNANO Autumn School
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Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, Denmark
24 September–1 October 2017
visualization
workshop

Spetses Summer School
DOWNLOAD SLIDES
Spetses, Greece
13–18 August 2017
conference
visualization

Scalable Set Visualizations
Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik GmbH
6–11 August 2017
conference
visualization

Gordon Research Conference, Bates College, Maine
Visualization in Science and Education
3 Aug 2017
art
typography

Intertypes of Helvetica Neue
Intertypes are the spaces between letters
1 Aug 2017
art
typography

Last lines of the 37 plays of Shakespeare.
26 July 2017
art
pog
visualization

Art for the 5 year anniversary of the Personal Oncogenomics Program (POG)
The Personal Oncogenomics Program (POG) is a collaborative research study including many BC Cancer Agency oncologists, pathologists and other clinicians along with Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre with support from BC Cancer Foundation.
29 June 2017
book
chapter
visualization

Krzywinski, M. Scientific data visualization: Aesthetic for diagrammatic clarity.
DOWNLOAD EXCERPT
Chapter 3 in Scientific Data Visualization: Aesthetic for Diagrammatic Clarity. More Than Pretty Pictures (2017) Edited by Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard & Lotte Philipsen. Routledge, NY.
13 June 2017
google
maps

Google maps challenge — longest routes
Added 3-point route challenge.
7 June 2017
benchmark
crossfit
fitness

`k` index fitness benchmark
Perform `k` reps at `k`% 1RM. Expected value is `k=26` and higher values are progressively more difficult to achieve.
5–17 June 2017
visualization
workshop

EMBO Practical Course - Bioinformatics and Genome Analysis
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Centre for Research & Technology – Hellas. Tessalonica, Greece
3 June 2017
statistics
words

Dark matter of the English language—the unwords
Brand new words for the language generated from a neural network. New places, drugs, names and diseases.
31 May 2017
genome
statistics

Dark matter of the genome—the nullomers
Nullomers are the unwords of the genome, sequences that are not there.
25 May 2017
case study
visualization

What's wrong with pie charts?
21 March 2017
art
color
visualization

Proportions of colors in country flags
Country flags rendered as concentric rings in proportion to their color composition and sorted by similarity.
16 March 2017
visualization
workshop

UBC & CIHR Skin Research Day
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Practical Data Visualization: Thinking about drawing data and communicating science.
14 March 2017
art
math
pi
piday
visualization

2017 Pi Day art
This year, I imagine the digits of `\pi` as a star catalogue and populate the sky with constellations based on extinct species.
8 March 2017
art
visualization

BD Genomics stereoscopic art exhibit at AGBT
An article about the visualization and design process behind the art.
21 February 2017
art
chemistry
math
physics
typography

Snellen Optotype Font
The font gets its dedicated page.
20 February 2017
clock
time

Ptolemaic Clock
Updated and named the clock, with contributions from Rodrigo Goya.
18 February 2017
art
chemistry
math
physics
typography

Snellen Eye chart typographical posters
Insist that you look at physics, math and chemistry
8 February 2017
visualization
workshop

Improving Your Visual Science Communication: Plots & Figures
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A Westgrid workshop
7 February 2017
google
questions

Updated the World's Most Popular Questions site and added a section all about Trump.
Is Trump a Manchurian candidate?
24 January 2017
lecture
visualization

Essentials of Data Visualization: Thinking about drawing data and communicating science.
MBB462, Simon Fraser University
16 January 2017
resource
visualization

Essentials of Data Visualization: Thinking about drawing data and communicating science.
8-part video series.
17 November 2016
epigenetics
resource
visualization

Hirst, M. & Krzywinski, M. (2016) Snapshot: Epigenomic Assays. Cell 167:1430.e1
10 November 2016
talk
visualization

Fitting Big Science on a Small Page, VizUM2016, University of Miami, Florida
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Remember, the genome is not a blueprint.
7 November 2016
media
science

On the origins of scientists.
Interview with The Ubbyssey by Nivretta Thatra. Photos by Joshua Medicoff.
4 November 2016
color
resource
visualization

Compilation of my color resources.
3 November 2016
nature methods
points of view
visualization

Krzywinski, M. (2016) Points of View: Intuitive Design. Nature Methods 13:895.
25 October 2016
language
visualization

Tripsum—Donald Trump Lorem Ipsum
Neverending speeches, haikus and promises by Trump and Clinton.
4 October 2016
talk
visualization

How to communicate information clearly and beautifully
Central European Institute of Technology, Brno, Chech Republic
26 September 2016
language
visualization

Word analysis of Clinton-Trump 2016 presidential debates
Who said and didn't say what.
22 September 2016
communication
education
science

SCIE 113 first-year seminar in science
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A talk about thinking: scientifically and artistically
19 September 2016
interview
visualization

The Art of Big Data
Interview with Biotechniques' Sarah Webb about the processes, challenges, and skills involved in visualizing large biological data sets. Including Nils Gehlenborg, Jan Aerts and Lennart Martens. Biotechniques 61:107-112 (2016).
30 August 2016
talk
visualization

The Quality of Quantity
University of Sydney
26 August 2016
talk
visualization

Communicating Your Science
University of Sydney
12 August 2016
talk
visualization

A casual talk on data visualisation & design for science communication
Biotechnology Institute, Ankara University, Turkey
22 July 2016
art
math
pi
piday
visualization

2016 Pi Approximation Day art
Perfect packing of warped circles that embody the approximation.
22 June 2016
talk
visualization

Seeing Networks Change
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CANHEIT-HPCS2016 Conference: Shaping the Digital Landscape, Edmonton
21 June 2016
visualization
workshop

Sense and Sensibility—Visual Design Principles for Scientific Data
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CANHEIT-HPCS2016 Conference: Shaping the Digital Landscape, Edmonton
4 May 2016
visualization
workshop

EMBO Practical Course: Bioinformatics and genome analysis
Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center, Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey
21 April 2016
design
science
visualization

Design + Science mixer
10–noon, Art Building, Room 247, University of Washington, Seattle
20 April 2016
talk
visualization

UW Free Public Lecture
7pm, Kane Hall, Room 110, University of Washington, Seattle
20 April 2016
talk
visualization

Data Science Seminar
University of Washington, Seattle
7 April 2016
visualization
workshop

Creating better scientific figures—a workshop
9–11am, AW210, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
6 April 2016
art
talk
visualization

Fraser lecture series: The Big Data Revolution in Human and Environmental Health
Mt Baker Theater, Western Washington University, Bellingham
22 March 2016
art
birds
song
typography

Typographical posters of bird songs
Against a background of the bird's plumage color, its song.
14 March 2016
art
math
pi
piday
visualization

2016 Pi Day art
This year, I imagine the digits of Pi as physical masses and collapse them under gravity. The work is featured in Scientific American.
11 March 2016
seminar
ubc
visualization

B.I.G. Retreat 2016: Art and Science of Data Visualization Workshop
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1:15pm AMS Student NEST, UBC
7 March 2016
seminar
ubc
visualization

Ecoscope seminar: Visual design principles for scientific data.
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12:30-1:30pm, LSC 3, Life Science Institute, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, UBC
1 February 2016
party
petabase
sequencing

Petabase party
When you sequence a petabase (1015 bases), you have a party. And it looks like this.
21 January 2016
sanctuary
space

Sanctuary
Our Sanctuary project site goes beta.
21 January 2016
communication
education
science

SCIE 113 first-year seminar in science
DOWNLOAD SLIDES
A talk about thinking: scientifically and artistically
4 January 2016
nature methods
points of view
visualization

Hunnicutt, B.J. & Krzywinski, M. (2016) Points of View: Pathways. Nature Methods 13:5.
15 December 2015
hitchmas

Happy Hitchmas
Official Hitchmas party at Copenhagen's Library Bar. Today at 8pm.
7 December 2015
graphic science
making of
scientific american
visualization

Making of our Scientific American December 2015 Graphic Science visualization.
Dust, bacteria and genomes.
3 December 2015
benchmarking
cluster

I've resurrected the web page of an ancient project—Clusterpunch.
It was published in Jul 2003 Sys Admin Journal.
19 November 2015
graphic science
scientific american
visualization

Collection of my Scientific American Graphic Science visualizations.
Dust, bacteria and genomes.
18 November 2015
bacteria
dust
graphic science
scientific american
visualization

Information graphic in this month's Scientific American Graphic Science.
Men and Women Alter a Home's Bacteria Differently—an analysis of dust reveals how the presence of men, women, dogs and cats affects the variety of bacteria in a household.
11 November 2015
center for inquiry
hitchmas
party

Center for Inquiry Canada promotes my Hitchmas 2015 party in Copenhagen.
11 November 2015
music
numbers
pi

More songs with numbers in their lyrics added.
9 November 2015
art
color
resource

Updated named color list (v0.3) to 8,292 colors.
7 November 2015
art
curios
math

Debunking bad math about `\pi`.
3 November 2015
art
color
resource

Ultimate list of 5,000+ named colors.
1 November 2015
hitchmas
party

Hitchmas 2015 is in Copenhagen.
Sit down. Object the objectionable
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news + thoughts

Oryza longistaminata genome cake

Mon 24-09-2018

Data visualization should be informative and, where possible, tasty.

Stefan Reuscher from Bioscience and Biotechnology Center at Nagoya University celebrates a publication with a Circos cake.

The cake shows an overview of a de-novo assembled genome of a wild rice species Oryza longistaminata.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Circos cake celebrating Reuscher et al. 2018 publication of the Oryza longistaminata genome.

Optimal experimental design

Tue 31-07-2018
Customize the experiment for the setting instead of adjusting the setting to fit a classical design.

The presence of constraints in experiments, such as sample size restrictions, awkward blocking or disallowed treatment combinations may make using classical designs very difficult or impossible.

Optimal design is a powerful, general purpose alternative for high quality, statistically grounded designs under nonstandard conditions.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Nature Methods Points of Significance column: Optimal experimental design. (read)

We discuss two types of optimal designs (D-optimal and I-optimal) and show how it can be applied to a scenario with sample size and blocking constraints.

Smucker, B., Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2018) Points of significance: Optimal experimental design Nature Methods 15:599–600.

Background reading

Krzywinski, M., Altman, N. (2014) Points of significance: Two factor designs. Nature Methods 11:1187–1188.

Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2014) Points of significance: Analysis of variance (ANOVA) and blocking. Nature Methods 11:699–700.

Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2014) Points of significance: Designing comparative experiments. Nature Methods 11:597–598.

The Whole Earth Cataloguer

Mon 30-07-2018
All the living things.

An illustration of the Tree of Life, showing some of the key branches.

The tree is drawn as a DNA double helix, with bases colored to encode ribosomal RNA genes from various organisms on the tree.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
The circle of life. (read, zoom)

All living things on earth descended from a single organism called LUCA (last universal common ancestor) and inherited LUCA’s genetic code for basic biological functions, such as translating DNA and creating proteins. Constant genetic mutations shuffled and altered this inheritance and added new genetic material—a process that created the diversity of life we see today. The “tree of life” organizes all organisms based on the extent of shuffling and alteration between them. The full tree has millions of branches and every living organism has its own place at one of the leaves in the tree. The simplified tree shown here depicts all three kingdoms of life: bacteria, archaebacteria and eukaryota. For some organisms a grey bar shows when they first appeared in the tree in millions of years (Ma). The double helix winding around the tree encodes highly conserved ribosomal RNA genes from various organisms.

Johnson, H.L. (2018) The Whole Earth Cataloguer, Sactown, Jun/Jul, p. 89

Why we can't give up this odd way of typing

Mon 30-07-2018
All fingers report to home row.

An article about keyboard layouts and the history and persistence of QWERTY.

My Carpalx keyboard optimization software is mentioned along with my World's Most Difficult Layout: TNWMLC. True typing hell.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
TNWMLC requires seriously flexible digits. It’s 87% more difficult than using a standard Qwerty keyboard, according to Martin Krzywinski, who created it (Credit: Ben Nelms). (read)

McDonald, T. (2018) Why we can't give up this odd way of typing, BBC, 25 May 2018.