You can now find my full thesis on-line. Instead of reading the whole thesis to learn about the design space of text in visualization, you can find a two page overview that summarizes the entire thesis on page v-vi:
The first half of the thesis (page v on the left) methodically defines the design space by reviewing many examples. The second half of the thesis (page vi on the right) then tests the breadth of the design space by creating many different kinds of extended and novel visualizations and provides general critiques. If you want to drill down into any area, little blue subscripts are links to the corresponding chapters.
For readers of the blog, you’ll find more detail on many items previously discussed here.