A while ago, Kaiser Fung criticized a chart for its uselessness because it only showed four numbers. The chart appeared on the smart web comic Abstruse Goose (which, as of this writing, is down for a site reorganization). [Read more…] about Four Values Can Still Be Worth A Chart
Archives for December 2012
Data visualization is often used to just display data, with little thought put into supporting visual thinking. Giving people tools to do some visual math is a good idea; the visual properties need to be picked carefully however, to make this work. [Read more…] about Visual Math Gone Wrong
Tapestry is a new conference on storytelling with data. While it focuses on visual ways of telling stories in journalism, there will be a broad range of topics, and a line-up of amazing speakers. [Read more…] about Tapestry, The Conference About Storytelling With Data
Last week, I recorded a guest appearance on the Data Stories podcast with Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner. Find out if the voice you imagine when reading this blog sounds like my voice (spoiler: it doesn’t), and how my Austrian accent meshes with Moritz’ German and Enrico’s Italian ones (spoiler: very well). [Read more…] about Listen To Me Dispense My Wisdom on the Data Stories Podcast!
After posting my response to Gelman and Unwin’s article on visualization and statistical graphics recently, I have now collected links to all the three other responses as well: Stephen Few, Paul Murrell, and Hadley Wickham. [Read more…] about All Responses to Gelman and Unwin in One Convenient Posting
How do we know what we can do with things in the world or in user interfaces? What makes us push buttons, flip switches, or pick up objects that fit our hands? This guidance comes from affordances, a clever and intuitive theory that has been around for decades but is often misunderstood. [Read more…] about Affordances