Robert Kosara

  • Watch My Outlier Talk: This Should Have Been A Bar Chart!

    Watch My Outlier Talk: This Should Have Been A Bar Chart!

    I gave a talk at the Outlier conference earlier this year, with the somewhat elaborate title, The Joys – and Dangers – of Bespoke and Unusual Chart Types. Though I eventually decided to go with the much shorter, This Should Have Been A Bar Chart! You can watch it on YouTube now.


  • Paper: More Than Meets the Eye: A Closer Look at Encodings in Visualization

    Paper: More Than Meets the Eye: A Closer Look at Encodings in Visualization

    Encodings play a central role in visualization, but I believe our thinking about them is too simplistic. In a new paper, I argue that we need to distinguish between the encodings that specify how a visualization is drawn and the ones that are readable or actually read by an observer. While they largely or entirely […]


  • The (Possible) Stratagem Behind the Biden Bar

    The (Possible) Stratagem Behind the Biden Bar

    A bar chart with a distorted vertical axis isn’t very unusual. But what if that chart was posted by the White House and what if it was done on purpose – not to overstate the number shown, but rather to evoke a particular kind of response?