Category Archives: Text Visualization

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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The 19 Dimensional Word Cloud of Pokémon

If you want to catch all 719 Pokémon, the serious gamer needs to know their different skills and abilities. At a high-level, Pokémon classify into 18 different types, such as fire, water or grass. For example, Pikachu is an electric type, Charmander … 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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500+ years of increasing separation of text from visualization

In the beginning typography and infovis were tightly integrated. In this illuminated manuscript from circa 1480, the biblical text and the genealogical tree interwoven. Text in the visualization is not just simple labels. While bold, italics and sans serif don’t exist … 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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Text Visualization and Search

When considering text visualization or visual text analytics, search has to be considered a significant application. Tag clouds originated as a form of faceted search. What is search? But first, take a step back and consider what search really is. I … Continue reading

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