Collaborating with Andrea Bradshaw, we created an interactive data visualization of the Twitter habits of United States Congressmen.

We used data from the Twitter API, the Sunlight Foundation and the New York Times Congressional API. Using the interface, users could compare attendance at votes, voting with or against party records, according to twitter activity, represented region, party and gender.

Our project was featured on a Swiss data visualization site, and noticed by Tweet Congress and New York Times Openblog.

Mozilla University Design Challenge 09

Parsons participated in the 2009 Mozilla Design Challenge with two other universities, all addressing the issue of how to visualize the user’s browser history in a meaningful way.

My solution was the Unique History Timeline.

The Unique History Timeline is focused on
helping the user to remember unique sites that he or she might have visited and uses visual and timeline queues to help refresh their memory.

The Unique History Timeline has the following features:

  • Thumbnail screen shots of individual sites
  • A List view and Timeline view for user preference
  • Separates frequently visited sites from those unique one off sites, collapsing the listings in the history window for quicker browsing.