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  • Experiences of working at Flo Apps Ltd

    I began working for Flo Apps as an intern in April 2014. These past 10 months haven’t felt like an internship though because I was treated like an actual employee right from the start. I’ve gained lots and lots of experience in different techniques, tools and workflows that are important in this industry. I have […]

  • Inspiring D3 Cases for 2014

    Earlier this year, we published a blog post on the best D3 visualizations of 2013. Here’s another post, this time listing some of the most inspiring D3 resources we have seen this year. A sea of Tweets Real time visualization of tweets and followers from selected italian politicians. Italian election campaign funding This site is in the […]

  • Cool D3 Visualizations from 2013

    Here’s a selection of some cool D3 sites from 2013 – explore and enjoy! Rank and Files, SEC fillings for humans shows in a comprehensible way the cryptic SEC fillings of companies. For example, the number of people who own shares in a company and the relation of their shares in other companies.   Selfiexploratory features an […]

  • We’re Hiring!

    Project Coordinator / Web Programmer (data visualization) Want to combine Big Data, Internet of Things, and Data Visualization? (that’s three buzzwords in one sentence!) Flo Apps Ltd creates cutting-edge interactive data visualizations and web services that work both on mobile devices and larger screens. We are currently four highly skilled professionals with a solid background […]

  • SilverStripe: Crème de la crème

    When we at Flo Apps Ltd submit proposals on creating SilverStripe websites, we naturally include a short description of what SilverStripe is and what the best example cases of SilverStripe sites are. The SilverStripe website includes a list of some SilverStripe users but the list is mainly comprised of sites based in New Zealand and […]

  • Generating an RGB colour scheme for a heat map

    Recently, we have been experimenting with heat maps using jjguy’s Python module, which, in turn, is based on the Gheat library. Jjguy’s script comes with five default color schemes, the same ones that Gheat ships with. While these default schemes are ok for demo purposes, we wanted to use a custom color scale instead. Being no […]

  • Data Visualizations and Average Visit Duration

    For a long time, I’ve been interested in average time spent browsing websites. In particular, do data visualizations make people spend more time on a given site and thus increase the site’s “stickiness”? I recently took a look at Google Analytics statistics on a number of sites we host. Interestingly, sites seem fall into certain […]

  • Different times of the day, different devices

    In June 2012, I had the privilege to attend the 4M conference on Journalism and New Media in Montpellier, France. The conference was probably the best-organized event I’ve ever been to, not least because of the flawless simultaneous translation into English. While it’s been awhile since the event, I would like to share recollections from […]

  • A short – and subjective – history of data journalism in Finland

    In many ways, the Finnish Open Data scene was born three years ago, in 2009. In April of that year, Peter Corbett from Washington D.C. made a visit to Helsinki and gave a presentation on the Apps4Democracy contest he had run in the United States. The same year, the first Apps4Finland contest took place and […]

  • Visualizations in Sport

    The world of sports offers a potential goldmine for visualization experts, providing an incredible amount of data about, for instance, rankings, results, schedules, financial results and many, many more. This vast amount of data also means that, whether it is following the schedule, results and standing of my favorite Dutch football club Roda or checking […]