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Recent Publications

I’ve been blogging and writing on font attributes, multi-attribute labels and novel text based encodings in data visualization for a while. Eventually these get published. Here are a number of recent peer-reviewed papers, chapters and books (since 2013). The first … Continue reading

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TypeCon 2015: Using Type to Add Data to Data Visualizations

TypeCon 2015 is underway. The presentation Using Type to Add Data to Data Visualizations was well received. Thank you for all the positive feedback and encouragement. This is the first time an example using x-height as a parametric attribute has been shown … Continue reading

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A survey!

Here’s some of the most recent text visualization techniques that I’ve been working on. It’s all embedded in a survey. There’s 4 different visualization techniques and about 20 questions. http://goo.gl/forms/6lFYEKprpS Thanks!

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The Maligned Underline

Many current texts on typography and cartography recommend against underlines (e.g. Denise Bosler’s Mastering Type. The Essential Guide for Print and Web Design, or John Krygier’s Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS), for example “if you feel the … Continue reading

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Font Weight: The use of bold in visualization

Text weight is a very strong cue for differentiation. Traditionally, with word processors on computers there are only two levels, bold or plain. But many fonts are designed with a wider range of weights: the highly popular font Univers has … Continue reading

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Why Visualize with Fonts Now?

Traditionally, fonts have been treated rather simply in visualizations: simple labels with no differentiation. So, why should we even consider font attributes (such as bold and italic) in visualization. And why now? 1. Higher resolution: the resolutionary revolution For 20 … Continue reading

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New book launched today – Graph Analysis and Visualization: Discovering Business Opportunity in Linked Data

An aside from the usual notes posted in this blog about visualization. Today, the book Graph Analysis and Visualization: Discovering Business Opportunity in Linked Data was released by Wiley. It’s been a year’s worth of writing by David Jonker and … Continue reading

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Italics, Obliques and Visualizing Data

Italics and obliques an interesting, slightly different font attributes that both adjust the slope of the vertical axis. True italics, are sloped fonts that have different letter shapes than their roman counterparts. For example consider how surprisingly different these letter forms … Continue reading

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Using font attributes to convey data in visualizations

Font differentiation is rarely used in information visualization for differentiating among categories of information. However it has been used in this way in typography, notation systems and cartography. Historic Examples One very early example is from Chambers’ Cyclopaedia published in 1728. … Continue reading

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