Beauty in the Incas

As you might remember from my last blog, I’m currently travelling and hadn’t intended to post much on here along the way – but there’s just so much in the way of colourful geometric patterns here that I couldn’t resist! I’m in Cusco, typically known as the gateway to Machu Picchu – but also home itself to a lot of Incan history and temples. And their civilisation (like me!) seems to have loved geometric designs EVERYWHERE…

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Beauty in coffee

Following on from my last blog Beauty in Travel, we’ve now been on our travels for a couple of months, and loving it 🙂 The first leg was in Panama, where we experienced (among other things) a masterclass in coffee farming and tasting at a plantation. We were struck by how much rigour and analysis goes into each single cup of coffee – so I thought I’d look into what sort of pretty data is out there…

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GB’s Olympic formula: is medal success the ‘right’ goal for UK Sport investment?

Rio 2016 has seen Britain’s best medal haul in over a century: second in the world with 67 medals. Whilst the more cynical might attribute some of its success to the decline of other nations, it is generally acknowledged that UK Sport’s system of investment lies behind GB’s success. But is the magnificent medal haul the intended aim of these public funds? Currently sports such as basketball (one of the most popular sports amongst young people in the UK) receive no funding, whilst high-performing sports continue on a self-perpetuating virtuous cycle of more funding and even better performance.

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Visualisation in Business – Part 1

So far most of my blogs have been on “just for fun” applications, largely because I can’t go into specifics on business applications due to their confidentiality. But it’s the business world that’s really driving acceleration in the field, so I will try to redress the balance here in describing (in suitably broad terms) how visualisation is helping businesses make better decisions. This is the first in a 3-part special to illustrate the topic: Part 1 “What is visualisation?”; Part 2 “How is visualisation used in real life to improve business decisions?”; and Part 3 “What new types of chart are there to tell my data’s story?”

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