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Link: Tapestry 2015

January 28, 2015
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Tapestry 2015 will take place March 4 in Athens, GA. This is the third time we are holding the conference, and it is again taking place on the day before NICAR. As in the past years, have a kick-ass line-up of speakers. The keynotes will be given by Hannah Fairfield (NY Times), Kim Rees (Periscopic), and … Continue reading Link: Tapestry 2015

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Seminal InfoVis Paper: Treisman, Preattentive Processing

January 26, 2015
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Seminal InfoVis Paper: Treisman, Preattentive Processing

A paper on a specific cognitive mechanism may seems like an odd choice as the first paper in this series, but it is the one that sparked the idea for it. It is also the one that has its 30th birthday this year, having been published in August 1985. And it is an important paper, and … Continue reading Seminal InfoVis Paper: Treisman, Preattentive Processing

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Seminal InfoVis Papers: Introduction

January 26, 2015
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Some of the most fundamental and important papers in information visualization are around 30 years old. This is interesting for several reasons. For one, it shows that the field is still very young. Most research fields go back much, much further. Even within such a short time frame, though, there is a danger of not … Continue reading Seminal InfoVis Papers: Introduction

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Link: Data Stories Podcast 2014 Review

January 22, 2015
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Episode 46 of the Data Stories podcast features Andy Kirk and yours truly in an epic battle for podcast dominance a review of the year 2014. This complements well my State of Information Visualization posting, and of course there is a bit of overlap (I wrote that posting after we recorded the episode – Moritz and Enrico are so slow). … Continue reading Link: Data Stories Podcast 2014 Review

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Link: Data Viz Done Right

January 21, 2015
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Andy Kriebel’s Data Viz Done Right is a remarkable little website. He collects good examples of data visualization and talks about what works and what doesn’t. He does have bits of criticism sometimes, but he always has more positive than...

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Why Is Paper-Writing Software So Awful?

January 19, 2015
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The tools of the trade for academics and others who write research papers are among the worst software has to offer. Whether it’s writing or citation management, there are countless issues and annoyances. How is it possible that this fairly straightforward category of software is so outdated and awful? Microsoft Word The impetus for this … Continue reading Why Is Paper-Writing Software So Awful?

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Links: 2014 News Graphics Round-Ups

January 14, 2015
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In the past, it used to be difficult to find news graphics from the main news organizations. In the last few years, they have started to post year-end lists of their work, which are always a treat to walk through. With the new year a few weeks behind us, this is a good time to … Continue reading Links: 2014 News Graphics Round-Ups

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The State of Information Visualization, 2015

January 12, 2015
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It seems to be a foregone conclusion that 2014 was not an exciting year in visualization. When we recorded the Data Stories episode looking back at 2014 last week (to be released soon), everybody started out with a bit of a downer. But plenty of things happened, and they point to even more new developments in 2015. If this … Continue reading The State of Information Visualization, 2015

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Link: Businessweek Vintage Graphics

January 7, 2015
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The BizWeekGraphics tumblr (well worth following in general) has a series of postings with a beautiful collection of graphics from the very early days of Businessweek, and also some more recent ones: 1929–1935: Depression 1936–1939: Prewar 1941

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The Island of Knowledge and the Shoreline of Wonder

January 5, 2015
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The Island of Knowledge and the Shoreline of Wonder

In his keynote at IEEE VIS in Paris two months ago, Alberto Cairo talked about journalism, visual explanations, and what makes a good news visualization. But mostly, he talked about curiosity. When I wrote my IEEE VIS report for Tuesday of that week, I knew that I could either do a shoddy job of describing … Continue reading The Island of Knowledge and the Shoreline of Wonder

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