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Raining, data art, if it ain’t broke

June 22, 2016
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Raining, data art, if it ain’t broke

Via Twitter, reader Joe D. asked a few of us to comment on the SparkRadar graphic by WeatherSpark. At the time of writing, the picture for Baltimore is very pretty: The picture for New York is not as pretty but...

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Publicize, Don’t Just Publish!

June 22, 2016
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Publicize, Don’t Just Publish!

What does it mean to publish a paper? Is it just to add a bullet point to your CV, or do you want the world to know about your research? What does it mean to publish today? Here are some thoughts and pointers on how to get the word out about the amazing work you … Continue reading Publicize, Don’t Just Publish!

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What doesn’t help readers (on the chart) and what does help (off the chart)

June 16, 2016
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What doesn’t help readers (on the chart) and what does help (off the chart)

Via Twitter, Bart S (@BartSchuijt) sent me to this TechCrunch article, which contains several uninspiring charts. The most disturbing one is this: There is a classic Tufte class here: only five numbers and yet the chart is so confusing. And...

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EuroVis 2016, Thursday and Friday

June 10, 2016
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EuroVis 2016, Thursday and Friday

After Tuesday and Wednesday, EuroVis continued for the rest of the week. There were papers about visualization, interaction, networks, and other stuff, a dinner in a former church, and finally the capstone.  First a little update: you can now watch Anders Ynnerman’s epic keynote. Coordinated Views and Interaction Design Who says coordinated views have to be next … Continue reading EuroVis 2016, Thursday and Friday

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EuroVis 2016, Tuesday and Wednesday

June 8, 2016
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EuroVis 2016, Tuesday and Wednesday

EuroVis 2016 is happening this week in Groningen, The Netherlands. This is the report from the first two-and-a-half days,  which saw some symposia, a keynote, and many paper presentations. The pre-conference program kicked off on Monday afternoon. In addition to a few small symposia, there was also a tutorial on machine learning and visualization. It was pretty basic, … Continue reading EuroVis 2016, Tuesday and Wednesday

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Why is this chart so damn hard to read?

June 8, 2016
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Why is this chart so damn hard to read?

My summer course on analytical methods is already at the midway point. I was doing some research on recommendation systems the other day, and came across the following chart: Ouch. This is from the Park, et. al. (2012) survey of...

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EuroVis Coverage and Running

June 1, 2016
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EuroVis Coverage and Running

For people not attending EuroVis: I will be tweeting from there next week and write postings here, like I have in the previous years. For people who will be attending: let’s meet up and run! EuroVis Coverage I will be tweeting during the sessions – assuming there’s Wifi – Tuesday through Friday (June 7–10). EuroVis being in the … Continue reading EuroVis Coverage and Running

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A Pair of Pie Chart Papers

May 30, 2016
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A Pair of Pie Chart Papers

How do we read pie charts? Do they differ from the even more reviled donut charts? What about common pie chart designs like exploded pies? In two papers to be presented at EuroVis next week, Drew Skau and I show that the common wisdom about how we read these charts (by angle) is almost certainly wrong, and that … Continue reading A Pair of Pie Chart Papers

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The Scrollytelling Scourge

May 25, 2016
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The Scrollytelling Scourge

Scrollytelling is a common way of interacting with stories these days. Scroll down and the story unfolds! Except it’s often awkward, brittle, and gets in the way. The Age of Scrollytelling Scrolling is a funny thing. It was long considered something people rarely did, and many news organizations will still talk about stories being “above the … Continue reading The Scrollytelling Scourge

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A multidimensional graphic that holds a number of surprises, via NYT

May 24, 2016
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A multidimensional graphic that holds a number of surprises, via NYT

The New York Times has an eye-catching graphic illustrating the Amtrak crash last year near Philadelphia. The article is here. The various images associated with this article vary in the amount of contextual details offered to readers. This graphic provides...

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