Category Archives: Text Visualization

Color in Text Visualization

Highlighting text via bold or italic is less noticeable than color. There is an incredibly long history of the use of color in a continuum from medieval times to present. From a visualization perspective, color is scoped to the level of words, … Continue reading

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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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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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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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