Blogger: Porter Thorndike

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Porter Thorndike is a Senior Technical Specialist at Information Builders. He has modeled a Cape Cod garage after the Double Deuce bar in Patrick Swayze's "Roadhouse". In 2001, at Pastis in New York, he invented the five-beverage brunch. He is known as the fastest computer trackpad driver in the world and once created a bubble-wrap vest. Porter is also known for his passion for data visualization and dashboard design. In 2013, he opened his Dashboard Laboratory, and hosts weekly visualization concerts and festivals. Porter enjoys applying his diverse skills and expertise to help Information Builders’ customers design the best damn applications they’ve ever seen.

Data Visualization Tips: Think Beyond the Original Spec

oktober 07, 2014

Over the years, I‘ve spent a lot of time studying visualization and the best practices of displaying information.  I subscribe to the major agreed-upon principles (using the right visualization...

Data Discovery QuickClip: Why Are People Moving to North Dakota?

oktober 22, 2014

In this video, I use WebFOCUS InfoDiscovery to analyze 2013 Census data. My goal was to see where people were moving and to understand why they were doing so. I measured this first with a Scatterplot...

Data Visualization Tips: I Love Bubble Charts

november 04, 2014

I love bubble charts.  They're pretty and communicate a lot of data, kind of like me.  Any time I get a new data set, the bubble chart is my go to visualization to find something...

Data Discovery QuickClip: Analyzing Retail Data with a Bar Chart

november 21, 2014

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday around the corner, I thought it was time for a review of the ubiquitous and versatile bar chart and how it’s the perfect visualization style for analyzing retail...

Become an Analytical BEAST using Filtering and Drilldown

april 02, 2015

On my way into an important presentation I am swarmed by a hoard of barbarian paparazzi all screaming “PORTER! PORTER! I WANT A DASHBOARD THAT CAN FILTER AND DRILLDOWN! PORTER! PORTER!” The...

Gauges: The Next Generation

april 29, 2015

Gauges are a ubiquitous part of our everyday lives. Obviously, we are looking at gauges every time we take our 1979 Corvette for a spin around the block. And whenever we fire up the John Deere lawn...

InfoApps™ Deliver Analytical Enlightenment

november 10, 2015

InfoApps™ are highly interactive, analytical apps for non-technical users. Our customers deploy our platform-backed InfoApps to thousands of users with the benefit of greater adoption and...

Analyze This: Top Movies of All Time

december 18, 2015

As you’ve likely noticed by now, we at Information Builders have what many are calling the “Star Wars fever”. The force is strong across the country and especially at our headquarters in New York...

Analyze This: Past Oscar Winners

februari 22, 2016

My favorite movie of all time is Fast Five featuring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Duane “The Rock” Johnson. It’s a silly, entertaining action movie that has a love triangle of conflict between...

Visualizing the Madness of Everyone’s Favorite Tournament

maart 22, 2016

For many sports fans, this month is the most thrilling, exhilarating – and completely maddening – time of the year, as the nation’s most talented college basketball teams dance through a single-...