A paper on a specific cognitive mechanism may seems like an odd choice as the first paper in this series, but it is the one that sparked the idea for it. It is also the one that has its 30th birthday this year, having been published in August 1985. And it is an important paper, and could play an even bigger role in visualization if properly understood and used. Continue reading Seminal InfoVis Paper: Treisman, Preattentive Processing
Some of the most fundamental and important papers in information visualization are around 30 years old. This is interesting for several reasons. For one, it shows that the field is still very young. Most research fields go back much, much further. Even within such a short time frame, though, there is a danger of not knowing some of the most important pieces of research. Continue reading Seminal InfoVis Papers: Introduction
Episode 46 of the Data Stories podcast features Andy Kirk and yours truly in
an epic battle for podcast dominance a review of the year 2014. This complements well my State of Information Visualization posting, and of course there is a bit of overlap (I wrote that posting after we recorded the episode – Moritz and Enrico are so slow). There are lots of differences though, and the podcast has the advantage of not just me talking. We covered a lot of ground there, starting from a general down about the year, to end up finding quite a few things to talk about (just check out the long list of links in the show notes!).
Andy Kriebel’s Data Viz Done Right is a remarkable little website. He collects good examples of data visualization and talks about what works and what doesn’t. He does have bits of criticism sometimes, but he always has more positive than negative things to say about his picks. Good stuff.
The tools of the trade for academics and others who write research papers are among the worst software has to offer. Whether it’s writing or citation management, there are countless issues and annoyances. How is it possible that this fairly straightforward category of software is so outdated and awful? Continue reading Why Is Paper-Writing Software So Awful?
In the past, it used to be difficult to find news graphics from the main news organizations. In the last few years, they have started to post year-end lists of their work, which are always a treat to walk through. With the new year a few weeks behind us, this is a good time to look at these as collections of news graphics. Continue reading Links: 2014 News Graphics Round-Ups
It seems to be a foregone conclusion that 2014 was not an exciting year in visualization. When we recorded the Data Stories episode looking back at 2014 last week (to be released soon), everybody started out with a bit of a downer. But plenty of things happened, and they point to even more new developments in 2015.
Continue reading The State of Information Visualization, 2015
The BizWeekGraphics tumblr (well worth following in general) has a series of postings with a beautiful collection of graphics from the very early days of Businessweek, and also some more recent ones:
In his keynote at IEEE VIS in Paris two months ago, Alberto Cairo talked about journalism, visual explanations, and what makes a good news visualization. But mostly, he talked about curiosity. Continue reading The Island of Knowledge and the Shoreline of Wonder
I always mess with my site around the new year, and this year is no exception. In addition to a new theme, I’ve also been thinking about content. Here are some thoughts on what I want to do in 2015. Continue reading eagereyes will be bloggier in 2015