A roundup of interesting reads and research on digital health, visual communication, health visualizations, and creativity.

Digital Health

Digital Life in 2025
Pew Research Internet Project
Experts to make their own predictions about the state of digital life by the year 2025. “Augmented reality and wearable devices will be implemented to monitor and give quick feedback on daily life, especially tied to personal health.”

The Monitored Man
New York Times
Albert Sun reports on his experience with multiple wearable activity trackers. 

New ‘Wello’ iPhone Case Measures Blood Pressure, Temperature and More
A new iPhone case promises digital health sensors to monitor your vital signs.

Visual Communication

How to Turn Your Mindless Doodles into Productivity Enhancers
Fast Company
Use visual language to work more creatively & productively

Learn how to spread ideas with effective visual documents. Slidedocs are visual documents, developed in presentation software, that are intended to be read and referenced instead of projected.

Health Visualizations

A couple of interesting health visualizations I hadn’t seen before.

Diseasome: The Human Disease Network
The map presents a network of diseases linked by known disorder–gene associations, indicating the common genetic origin of many diseases.

Health InfoScape
By combing through 7.2 million of their electronic medical records, GE Data Visualization created a disease network to help illustrate relationships between various conditions and how common those connections are.


I’m always on the lookout for articles on creativity and a couple of new ones popped up on my radar this past week.

Why We’re More Creative When We’re Tired, and 9 Other Surprising Things about How Brains Work
Fast Company

4 Lessons in Creativity from John Cleese
Fast Company
The legendary writer and actor has become a speaker on creativity and how to cultivate it. He recently shared the best ways to put yourself in a creative state of mind.