Techniques

There are many visualization techniques, or chart types. These articles describe what they are, how they work, and what they are good for.

  • The ISOTYPE

    The ISOTYPE

    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.


  • Affordances

    Affordances

    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.


  • Graphs Beyond the Hairball

    Graphs Beyond the Hairball

    Networks are usually drawn using a technique called node-link diagrams. While that works well for small graphs (the technical name for networks), it breaks down beyond a few dozen nodes. Better techniques exist, though these are currently focused on specific types of graphs or answer particular questions.