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. Continue reading The State of Information Visualization, 2016

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. Continue reading Link: Tamara Munzner Has A Blog!

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.

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Link: What Happened in Vis in 2015? Year Review Episode of Data Stories

In time-honored tradition, Andy Kirk and I review the year in visualization on the Data Stories podcast. We chat with Enrico and Moritz about blogs, projects, people, and all the other things that happened and changed (or didn’t) this year. Continue reading Link: What Happened in Vis in 2015? Year Review Episode of Data Stories

Memorability, Science, and The Value of Thinking Outside the Box

Stephen Few has written a long and scathing piece tearing down a paper presented at VIS earlier this year. While some of his criticism is justified, it is too focused on one of the authors, and it comes from an idea of visualization research that is far too limited. Continue reading Memorability, Science, and The Value of Thinking Outside the Box

Link: The Tapestry YouTube Channel

We recently redesigned the Tapestry website, and unfortunately lost the archive page. It will definitely come back (and better than before), but in the meantime, there’s the Tapestry YouTube Channel. You can watch all the talks from the last three years. This includes people like Hannah FairfieldAlberto Cairo, Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viègas, Kim Rees, and many more. Continue reading Link: The Tapestry YouTube Channel

Review: Munroe’s Thing Explainer and Pinker’s Sense of Style

Bad writing and the inability to explain in terms normal people can understand are the hallmarks of academic writing. Here are two books every academic should read and take to heart to be able to recognize bad prose and learn how to fix it. Continue reading Review: Munroe’s Thing Explainer and Pinker’s Sense of Style

Paper: The Connected Scatterplot for Presenting Paired Time Series

I’m very happy to finally be able to announce our paper on the connected scatterplot technique. It describes the technique, provides some historical perspective, and most of all looks into how easy to understand and engaging the technique actually is. Continue reading Paper: The Connected Scatterplot for Presenting Paired Time Series