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The EagerEyes Holiday Shopping Guide

December 7, 2016
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The EagerEyes Holiday Shopping Guide

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the data or visualization geek in your life? Did that crazy self-driving water bottle Kickstarter still not deliver, leaving you hunting for an overpriced Nintendo Classic? The EagerEyes Holiday Shopping Guide has all the geeky, uncool gifts you could possibly want. To be clear, none of the […]

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Review: Jon Schwabish, Better Presentations

November 30, 2016
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Review: Jon Schwabish, Better Presentations

Presentations can be dreadful. Badly thought-out slides, boring structure, poorly delivered. I once told a colleague after a practice talk to please shoot me before she’d ever make me sit through such a talk again (to be fair, she had called the talk boring herself before she even began). Instead of suffering through more bad presentations, Jon […]

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The Problem with Vis Taxonomies

November 28, 2016
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The Problem with Vis Taxonomies

Most taxonomies in visualization and HCI are useless. They carve up the space, but they don’t provide new insights or make predictions. Designing a useful taxonomy is a difficult problem, but that's no excuse for publishing lots of mediocre ones. A Taxonomy of Taxonomies Taxonomies organize the world. They’re best known from biology, where animals and […]

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RJ Andrews’ Profiling the Parks

November 21, 2016
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RJ Andrews’ Profiling the Parks

RJ Andrews has created a great little video about the National Parks in the U.S. Have you ever thought about how the different parks compare? Which one is wider, which one is deeper, which one's at higher or lower elevation? I love the hand-drawn images and based on real data, and the way the zooming in and […]

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Dealing with Paper Rejections

November 14, 2016
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Dealing with Paper Rejections

For some reason, the topic of reviewing and getting papers rejected came up several times in conversations at VIS recently. Getting your work rejected and learning to deal with rejection is part of life as an academic, and it’s worthwhile to think about the process a bit. I’m basing this on a nice piece by Niklas […]

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Graphic Continuum Flash Cards

November 9, 2016
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Graphic Continuum Flash Cards

Jon Schwabish and Severino Ribecca have turned their Graphic Continuum poster into a set of cards. They're a good way to expand your visual vocabulary and find new ideas for how to represent your data. Each card shows one visualization technique as a stylized image on one side and a short definition on the other. They […]

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Ten Great Talks at Information+ 2016

November 7, 2016
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The Information+ Conference took place in Vancouver earlier this year. It brought together people from information visualization and information design (and design more in general). All of the talk videos are online on the website, but since there were a lot and it's kind of hard to decide where to start watching, I'm listing my favorites […]

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All Those Misleading Election Maps

November 3, 2016
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All Those Misleading Election Maps

Would you make a bar chart where the length of the bar doesn't actually scale with the number being shown? Would you draw a line chart with the lines all over the place, not where the values actually are? Of course not. Yet somehow, every single election map works like that. Look at this map […]

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VIS 2016 – Thursday, Friday: Empirical Methods, Better Presentations

November 2, 2016
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VIS 2016 – Thursday, Friday: Empirical Methods, Better Presentations

A panel on empirical methods, papers on time series, and perhaps the best capstone at VIS ever rounded out the conference on Thursday and Friday. Empirical Methods Panel Somewhat less controversial than the death of SciVis was the topic of this panel, How can we improve empirical research on understanding visual information? The panelists mostly talked about […]

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VIS 2016 – Wednesday, Thursday: Papers and the Death of SciVis

October 31, 2016
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VIS 2016 – Wednesday, Thursday: Papers and the Death of SciVis

Two more postings about VIS 2016 last week! Wednesday got a lot of us talking, with the Death of SciVis panel. There were also more papers on a variety of topics. InfoVis Applications I missed the first two presentations in this session, unfortunately. I heard good things about PROACT: Iterative Design of a Patient-Centered Visualization for Effective […]

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