Category Archives: Font Visualization

Font visualization using attributes such as bold, italic and case.

Text Visualization and Code Editors

Long before I started investigating typographic attributes for data visualization, Aaron Marcus and Ron Baecker were doing the same thing for software code. Back in the mid 1980s there weren’t integrated development environments, no integrated debugging tools and so on. … Continue reading

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Stem & Leaf Bigrams

Stem & leaf plots are quirky alphanumeric data visualizations. In typical usage they show distributions of numeric values. Here’s a simple dataset of heights of my family on the left, transformed into a stem and leaf plot on the right: … Continue reading

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Lost Works of Jacques Bertin on Typography

Strangely, out of 450 pages+ in Bertin’s Sémiologie Graphique translated into English only 4 pages about typography were not translated. Continue reading

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Patent Visualization and Litigation Ratios

Earlier this week, Scott Langevin and I were fortunate to speak at the Strata Big Data Conference in NYC. The topic was Text Analytics and New Visualization Techniques. It discussed some of the examples on this blog and my research; and additionally … Continue reading

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Variable Fonts vs. Parametric Fonts and Data Visualization

I’ve typically been using ready-made fonts to create font-based visualizations in this blog. However, sticking to ready-made fonts means that you get only one slope angle for italic, a few levels of weight, maybe a condensed version or maybe not. … Continue reading

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The Origin of Thematic Maps — and the problem with base maps

Why is there such a big gap between thematic maps and label maps? Both types of maps show data about places. Thematic maps typically use lots of color to show data about places; whereas label maps use a lot of … Continue reading

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Readability

Readability and what it means for data visualization Type can be legible, but still unreadable. Consider this image: Beautiful Helvetica, mirrored and rotated 180 degrees. Two highly common words from the English language. Letters are perfectly legible and even turn … Continue reading

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