Representing the election

by | Thursday, November 06, 2008

How does one best represent all the voting information that we now collect as a part of the electoral process? Here are a few websites that really stood out for me. Send me any more that you have and I can add them to the list.

The first is a series of cartograms (maps in which the sizes of states are rescaled according to their population) created by Mark Newman, Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan. Wonderful stuff. Check it out at Maps of the 2008 US presidential election results

The NYTimes had some cool representations. Check out this one. In particular click on the “County bubbles” option on the left. NYTimes Maps

Google had a series of really nice maps (though I found them hard to reach when the actual results were being tabulated – a consequence of heavy internet traffic no doubt). What is nice in this one is that you can select a year to view presidential voting results since 1980. You can also click on a state to get more detailed statistics, including demographic breakdown. Check out Google’s election maps. There are also many more maps that you can access from this page – some worth checking out.

Topics related to this post: Creativity | Design | Good | Bad Design | Representation

A few randomly selected blog posts…

Correlates of creativity

Just came across this on the Ph.D. design list (a listserv for discussion of PhD studies and related research in Design) from a posting by Charles Burnette. He quotes Donald MacKinnon, author of a large study on creativity in the arts, sciences and professions: If I...

Using AI to digitally clone myself (AKA creating a Puny-Punya)

Using AI to digitally clone myself (AKA creating a Puny-Punya)

Note: The photo-manipulated image of me holding my own head was created almost 20 years ago by Paul Kurf, a student in my learning by design, class! Image design & layout, Punya Ethan Mollick is a professor at Wharton and he has been doing some of the most...

Keynote Presentation: AI in Education Summit

Keynote Presentation: AI in Education Summit

Note: The image above is the result of a two-stage creative process—done in collaboration with AI. Dall-E was tasked, over multiple iterations, to craft a woodcut-style image, to abstractly capture the idea of AI and education, with dark and light motifs, aiming to...

Talk at Fulton School of Engineering

Talk at Fulton School of Engineering

Last August I was invited to speak at an event organized by the Ira Fulton School of Engineering's Learning and Teaching Hub. For some reason I had not posted about it — so better late than never... here it is, a 30 min talk followed by QnA....

Expert eyes on creativity

Expert eyes on creativity

Since 2012, the Deep-Play Research Group has been publishing a series of articles under the broad rubric of Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century in the journal Tech Trends. This has led to 33 articles (and counting) and...

Vinit Masram (1988 – 2023)

Vinit Masram (1988 – 2023)

I found out about Vinit Masram's passing a week or so go. I did not know Vinit personally, having met him just once, at IDC's Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2020. But the news of his death hit me hard. I had been a fan of his work for a long time - having stumbled on...

TPACK Radio/Video Show, now on Vimeo

The TPACK Radio/Video show that we had created for ISTE is now available on Vimeo. I think this version is easier to embed and view (as opposed to a 21MB download, as it was the previous time around). TPACK Radio/Video Show ISTE 2010 from Punya Mishra on Vimeo. A fake...

Shin, et. al. wins Outstanding paper award

Just found out that Shin, T., Koehler, M.J., Mishra, P. Schmidt, D., Baran, E., & Thompson, A.,(2009, March). Changing technological pedagogical content knowledge (tpack) through course experiences. Paper presented at the 2009 International Conference of the Society...

TPACK underpins Aussie Teacher Ed Restructuring

Dr. Matthew Kearney (who was featured in my recent post on student constructed iVideos) just wrote to inform me about a teacher preparation project currently underway in Australia. The Teaching Teachers for the Future (TTF) project is a $7.8 million project ... aimed...

1 Comment

  1. Sean

    Thanks for posting- I sent this directly to a social studies teacher I have been working with on a problem-based unit regarding elections with the twist of voter apathy in America.

    Though we had a much higher turnout, we still don’t value each vote the way other democracies do. I would love to see a national holiday on election day. What a celebration that could be! Now, I wonder who all might not want that level of access to the polls?

    It is sort of sad to see my State (Missouri) as the long “lavendar” state. Looks like we are slipping right over time. Ick.



Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *