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Link: The Graphic Continuum

February 25, 2015
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The Graphic Continuum is a poster created by Jon Schwabish and Severino Ribecca (the man behind the Data Visualisation Catalogue). It lists almost 90 different chart types and organizes them into five large groups: distribution, time, comparing categories, geospatial, part-to-whole, and relationships. Some of them are connected across groups where there are further similarities. The poster is printed very nicely and … Continue reading Link: The Graphic Continuum

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Link: Joint Committee on Standards for Graphic Presentation (1915)

February 18, 2015
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An article in the Publications of the American Statistical Association by the Joint Committee on Standards for Graphic Presentation laid down some standards for how to create good data visualizations. In 1915. The chairman of that committee was none other than Willard C. Brinton, author of the highly opinionated (and much more complete) Graphic Methods for Presenting Facts. Andy … Continue reading Link: Joint Committee on Standards for Graphic Presentation (1915)

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Video: Nigel Holmes on Humor in Visualization and Infographics

February 11, 2015
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In this talk, Nigel Holmes talks about the value of and use of humor in communicating visualization. He also has some interesting criticism of academic visualization research (and also some more artistic pieces). It’s a fun and interesting tal...

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Link: Becksploitation: The Over-Use of a Cartographic Icon

February 4, 2015
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Link: Becksploitation: The Over-Use of a Cartographic Icon

The paper Becksploitation: The Over-Use of a Cartographic Icon by Kenneth Field and William Cartwright (free pre-print PDF) in The Cartographic Journal describes the Harry Beck’s famous map of the London Underground and what makes it great. It also offers a collection of misuses of the superficial structure, and critiques them. I wish we’d had papers (and titles!) … Continue reading Link: Becksploitation: The Over-Use of a Cartographic Icon

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Spelling Things Out

February 3, 2015
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Spelling Things Out

When visualizing data, we often strive for efficiency: show the data, nothing else. But there can be tremendous value in redundancy to make a point and drive it home. Two recent examples from news graphics illustrate this nicely. The first is this animated chart of global temperatures from 1881 to 2014. It shows more data … Continue reading Spelling Things Out

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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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