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The State of Information Visualization, 2016

February 8, 2016
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The State of Information Visualization, 2016

Oh hello, new year! I almost didn’t see you there! Lots of interesting things happened last year: Dear Data, deceptive visualization, storytelling research, new tools and ideas, etc. And this year is already shaping up to be quite strong, too. Dear Data Perhaps the most exciting project of 2015 was Dear Data by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec. They … Continue reading The State of Information Visualization, 2016

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2015 Year in Graphics Links

February 2, 2016
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2015 Year in Graphics Links

A bit late, but here are links to a few round-ups of graphical journalism work from last year. These are always worth a look, no matter what time of year. Bloomberg, 2015 in Graphics The New York Times, 2015: The Year in Visual Stories and Graphics ProPublica, The 2015 ProPublica Year in Visual Storytelling The Wall Street … Continue reading 2015 Year in Graphics Links

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Link: Tamara Munzner Has A Blog!

January 28, 2016
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Link: Tamara Munzner Has A Blog!

Late last year, Tamara Munzner started a blog, called Vis & More. So far, she mostly writes in response to Stephen Few’s postings late last year about some recent visualization papers. Her style is quite academic (most of her posting titles start with “On”…), but very readable and she has lots of interesting things to say. Just … Continue reading Link: Tamara Munzner Has A Blog!

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Paper: Presentation-Oriented Visualization Techniques

January 7, 2016
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Paper: Presentation-Oriented Visualization Techniques

Presentation is often considered a part of visualization, but what does that mean for the kinds of techniques we use? Are they the same as used for analysis? What criteria should we use to pick them? In a new paper, I discuss a class of techniques I call presentation-only. The paper is accordingly titled Presentation-Only Visualization Techniques, and it just … Continue reading Paper: Presentation-Oriented Visualization Techniques

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Link: What Happened in Vis in 2015? Year Review Episode of Data Stories

December 22, 2015
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Link: What Happened in Vis in 2015? Year Review Episode of Data Stories

In time-honored tradition, Andy Kirk and I review the year in visualization on the Data Stories podcast. We chat with Enrico and Moritz about blogs, projects, people, and all the other things that happened and changed (or didn’t) this year. There are lots of good links in the podcast blog posting related to the things … Continue reading Link: What Happened in Vis in 2015? Year Review Episode of Data…

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Memorability, Science, and The Value of Thinking Outside the Box

December 17, 2015
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Memorability, Science, and The Value of Thinking Outside the Box

Stephen Few has written a long and scathing piece tearing down a paper presented at VIS earlier this year. While some of his criticism is justified, it is too focused on one of the authors, and it comes from an idea of visualization research that is far too limited. The paper in question is Beyond … Continue reading Memorability, Science, and The Value of Thinking Outside the Box

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Link: The Tapestry YouTube Channel

December 14, 2015
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Link: The Tapestry YouTube Channel

We recently redesigned the Tapestry website, and unfortunately lost the archive page. It will definitely come back (and better than before), but in the meantime, there’s the Tapestry YouTube Channel. You can watch all the talks from the last three years. This includes people like Hannah Fairfield, Alberto Cairo, Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viègas, Kim Rees, and … Continue reading Link: The Tapestry YouTube Channel

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Review: Munroe’s Thing Explainer and Pinker’s Sense of Style

December 2, 2015
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Review: Munroe’s Thing Explainer and Pinker’s Sense of Style

Bad writing and the inability to explain in terms normal people can understand are the hallmarks of academic writing. Here are two books every academic should read and take to heart to be able to recognize bad prose and learn how to fix it. Randall Munroe, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Terms Munroe is the guy … Continue reading Review: Munroe’s Thing Explainer and Pinker’s Sense of Style

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Paper: The Connected Scatterplot for Presenting Paired Time Series

November 23, 2015
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Paper: The Connected Scatterplot for Presenting Paired Time Series

I’m very happy to finally be able to announce our paper on the connected scatterplot technique. It describes the technique, provides some historical perspective, and most of all looks into how easy to understand and engaging the technique actually is. The connected scatterplot isn’t really known in visualization, but has gotten some interest in journalism. … Continue reading Paper: The Connected Scatterplot for Presenting Paired Time Series

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Link: The NIPS Experiment

November 18, 2015
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Link: The NIPS Experiment

The conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) has conducted a fascinating experiment: split the program committee into two and get 10% of submissions reviewed by both. The article I’m linking to above has a great analysis of what they found (and it’s not encouraging). This would be a great experiment to run at VIS. Anybody who has spent any … Continue reading Link: The NIPS Experiment

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