Category Archives: Font Visualization

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

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 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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Visualizing Emotions

Emotion analysis of text documents is an emerging area of interest. Closely related is the visualization of emotions. Emotion analysis is the next step after sentiment analysis. In many respects, sentiment analysis is easier – there’s a single dimension of sentiment … Continue reading

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The Design Space of Typographic Data Visualization

There are many possible new visualizations using typography, some of which I’ve previously discussed in posts on this blog. One way to consider this design space is to decompose it into the different elements that can be used to assemble visualizations. These … Continue reading

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Venn Diagrams enhanced with Typographic Attributes

Here is an example visualization illustrating a potential use case where typographic attributes add functionality and usefulness beyond a familiar representation such as a Venn diagram. In the case of set visualization, typography has many different attributes (e.g. weight, italic, case, … Continue reading

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Noticing a Difference vs. Decoding

I’ve had a number of papers rejected where I’ve varied multiple (font) attributes within a single visualization – jump ahead to fig. 6 for an example. There are members in the visualization community and the typography community who have reservations about … Continue reading

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