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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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Light entertainment: crime is no joke

February 5, 2016
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Light entertainment: crime is no joke

(via twitter) When I saw this on my twitter feed, I thought this must be a joke. But click here and check out the entire collection of them.

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Showing three dimensions using a ternary plot

February 4, 2016
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Showing three dimensions using a ternary plot

Long-time reader Daniel L. isn't a fan of this chart, especially when it is made to spin, as you can see at this link: Like other 3D charts, this one is hard to read. The vertical lines are both good...

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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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How to print cash, graphically

January 27, 2016
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How to print cash, graphically

Twitter user @glennrice called out a "journalist" for producing the following chart: You can't say the Columbia Heartbeat site doesn't deserve a beating over this graph. I don't recognize the software but my guess is one of these business intelligence...

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Where but when and why: deaths of journalism

January 26, 2016
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Where but when and why: deaths of journalism

On Twitter, someone pointed me to the following map of journalists who were killed between 1993 and 2015. I wasn't sure if the person who posted this liked or disliked this graphic. We see a clear metaphor of gunshots and...

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Artificial Intelligence: Solving the Chinese Room Argument

January 15, 2016
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Artificial Intelligence: Solving the Chinese Room Argument

Yesterday, the very best AI (artificial intelligence) had trouble beating a novice human chess player. Today, the very best human player has enormous difficulty beating the best AI. Tomorrow, the very best human player will never beat any AI. However, ...

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Treating absolute and relative data simultaneously

January 11, 2016
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Treating absolute and relative data simultaneously

A friend asked me to comment on the following chart: Specifically, he points out the challenge of trying to convey both absolute and relative metrics for a given data series. This chart presents projections of growth in the U.S. mobile...

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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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