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EuroVis 2018, Wednesday through Friday

June 8, 2018
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EuroVis 2018, Wednesday through Friday

EuroVis raged on through the end of the week with talks, posters, and lots of food. This second part covers papers about visualization evaluation, high-dimensional structures, graph layouts, etc., as well as the capstone and closing (with information about next year). Papers: Visualization Design Exploring the Visualization Design Space with Repertory Grids by Kuno Kurzhals […]

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EuroVis 2018, Monday and Tuesday

June 5, 2018
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EuroVis 2018, Monday and Tuesday

EuroVis 2018 in Brno, Czechia, is in full swing. The first two days included workshops, the opening with a very fun and interesting keynote, and some good papers. EuroRVVV Workshop I helped chair the workshop with the worst name in EuroVis history this year. We had a number of good paper presentations, two invited talks, […]

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VisComm Workshop at VIS and Tapestry 2018

May 29, 2018
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VisComm Workshop at VIS and Tapestry 2018

If you're into visualization for communication and storytelling, these two events should be on your radar: the Visualization for Communication Workshop (VisComm) at VIS and Tapestry 2018. VisComm Ben Watson and I are chairing a new workshop at IEEE VIS that is focused on the uses of visualization for communication: whether it's journalism, education, health, […]

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Portrait: Jason Dykes

May 24, 2018
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Portrait: Jason Dykes

Jason Dykes is professor at City University London, where he also co-leads the giCentre. He straddles the line between cartography and visualization, publishing in both communities and combining ideas from both – which have led to crossover ideas like spatially-ordered treemaps and map lineups. Jason is also the driving force behind the Velo Club de VIS, […]

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Visualization: Three Alternate Histories

May 22, 2018
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Visualization: Three Alternate Histories

The academic visualization community largely comes from computer science: most of the professors teach in computer science (or similar) departments, most of the students doing research are computer science students of some flavor or other. It's interesting to consider how the field might be different if visualization had emerged from a different discipline. The inspiration […]

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How to Get Excited About Standard Datasets

March 22, 2018
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How to Get Excited About Standard Datasets

It can be hard to get excited about the standard datasets that we keep using to show how visualization and statistics work. But if that's the case for you, it's not the datasets's fault, it's you! Here’s how to keep that spark going! Cars What could be more interesting than cars? I mean, come on […]

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Visualization Potpourri, March 2018

March 12, 2018
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Visualization Potpourri, March 2018

Time to wake up from the eagereyes winter hibernation with an aromatic potpourri! This time, we have news about pies, stippling, colors, sorting algorithms, and a few more. Also a video of my collaborator Noeska singing the praises of medical visualization. Danielle Albers Szafir was named one of the 30 under 30 in Science by […]

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EuroRVVV Call For Papers!

January 25, 2018
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EuroRVVV Call For Papers!

I'm delighted to be one of the co-chairs of the workshop on reproducibility, verification, and validation in visualization (EuroRVVV – quite possibly the worst-acronymed workshop in visualization) at EuroVis. The topic this year is uncertainty, and we're looking for all kinds of contributions to this important topic. We talk a lot about uncertainty, but we're […]

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A Smart Take on Election Maps

January 10, 2018
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A Smart Take on Election Maps

When maps are used to display data, there is often a discrepancy between the data being shown, which almost never relates to area, and the area of the different parts of the map. This is particularly common in election maps. This new map of votes in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election cleverly combines geography and […]

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Speaking: How to Use A Microphone

November 9, 2017
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Speaking: How to Use A Microphone

When you’re speaking in front of an audience, you’re almost always using a microphone. The point of the microphone is to help your audience hear you. But it can’t do that if you don’t know how to use it or if you actively work against it. Listen for your own voice. This is the key […]

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