Category Archives: Data Visualization

Designing a Book Cover (or the long history of text on paths)

Note: I will be speaking at the Data Visualization Society (DVS) Fireside Chat on Typography for Data Visualization on Wednesday June 24th. After two years, my book Visualizing with Text is getting close to publication. Finally, it is time to … Continue reading

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Text and Visualization Workshop at ESAD Vallence

I had the good fortune to be invited to speak at a workshop late last year at the ESAD design school in Valence France: The workshop was titled sous le texte la carte: La visualisation du texte en cartographie. Although … Continue reading

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Organizing a visualization book

I’d previously created a book, with David Jonker, regarding Graph Analysis and Visualization in 2015. It was a lot of work. With lots of visuals and text, a word processor is pretty good to see a page or two, but … Continue reading

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Shapes or Alphabetic Point Marks?

In some visualizations, such as scatterplots, a visualization designer might use different shapes to encode categoric data. Abstract shapes such as circles and squares can be used, but in practice, many visualization systems have a limited number of shapes (e.g. … Continue reading

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Awesome periodic table with aligned bars per cell

Periodic tables of the atoms are great visualizations. Much has been written about Mendeleev’s periodic table and other tables that organize atomic data. The periodic table is a powerful tool because the elements are organized and aligned by commonalities, enabling … Continue reading

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Revisiting Maps for Inspiration

I write a lot about typography and visualization. It all started with critically looking at maps and noticing differences between modern visualization and old maps. I did a PhD looking at typography, text and visualization. (Stay tuned, there will even … Continue reading

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Bertin’s Reorderable Matrix

I recently had the opportunity to attend a workshop at ESAD Valence. To my surprise, in their collection, they have original parts from one of Bertin’s reorderable matrix! I had the opportunity to use the rebuilt matrix at VisWeek in … Continue reading

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Visualizations with perceptual free-rides

We create visualizations to aid viewers in making visual inferences. Different visualizations are suited to different inferences. Some visualizations offer more additional perceptual inferences over comparable visualizations. That is, the specific configuration enables additional inferences to be observed directly, without … Continue reading

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Metabolic Pathways and Visualization Pathways

Metabolic pathway diagrams show series of linked chemical reactions occurring within cells (Wikipedia). These diagrams started more than a half-century ago, such as this example from 1967 in the Smithsonian: These diagrams have been continuously expanded over decades as new … Continue reading

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Legacies of Isotype

ISOTYPE was a dramatic reconceptualization of statistical graphics in the 1930’s by Otto and Marie Neurath and their collaborators. Contemporary charts, such as seen in Brinton, were mostly black, simple dots or lines, tiny captions and full of dense grid … Continue reading

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