Arguments in data visualization are so fierce because the stakes are so low is a great zinger that I’ve heard a few times recently. But it’s not always true. Data visualization influences important decisions every day. The Congressional Budget Office’s new snapshots are but one example. [Read more…] about Glimpses of Data: The CBO’s Snapshots
Archives for March 2013
To explore how we can make it easier to create new visualization designs, we are running a study based on a new approach, called visualization primitives. It lets you map data to the properties of objects like rectangles and ellipses. Build something with data, have fun, and help us figure out if it works!
Maximizing the data-ink ratio sounds like a good idea, but when actually followed to the letter produces terrible and nonsensical results. Here is a more reasonable definition of chart junk that does away with the pretense of a mathematical formula and puts some common sense back into the question of good chart design. [Read more…] about A Better Definition of Chart Junk
If you are a student at a university, you can now get a free license for the full version of Tableau Desktop. No matter if you use it in class or for research, this is the full version that does not restrict the amount of data or the kind of connectivity (like Tableau Public does). The license is good for one year and can be renewed as long as you are enrolled at university. [Read more…] about Tableau Desktop Now Free For University Students
Vision is the sense we most identify with: it tells us where we are, who we are talking to, what we are doing. It defines our world like no other sense. What we can see is real, for better or worse. [Read more…] about Visualization Makes Things Real
I’m not a fan of video. I don’t spend time randomly surfing YouTube, and when given the choice between reading an article and watching a video, I’ll read. The reason is that videos often don’t work well for me: they’re too fast or too slow, they take a long time to get to the point, they don’t let me skip around and browse easily. I’d rather be in control than having the information pre-packaged for me. But two examples have surfaced in the last few days that show data visualization can tell a very effective story in well-designed, well-paced videos. [Read more…] about Data Storytelling in Video
Communicating data visually is not only about perception and precision, but also understanding. ISOTYPE was developed to bridge the gap between showing data in a way that’s easy to read and at the same time easier to understand than unadorned bar charts. [Read more…] about The ISOTYPE