Tag Archives: dataviz

Text Visualizations and Proto-Text Visualizations

Michael Friendly recently sent me this Common Sense Revolution visualization by Scott Sørli plotting a timeseries from 1985-2007 of welfare income for a single person in Ontario; and the names of all the homeless who died on the streets of Toronto … Continue reading

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Two Y-Axes may be Appropriate!

Many visualization people are against dual-axis charts. There are research papers that recommend against, websites that recommend against, and some tools don’t support it. Hadley Wickham, the author of the popular R visualization package ggplot2, does not support dual axes … Continue reading

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58 Ways to Visualize Alice in Wonderland (+10 more)

How many ways are there to visualize a book? Bar chart, scatterplot, word cloud… that’s too narrow thinking. And, yes, there are websites showing how academics visualize text. But what happens out in the wild? Artists? School assignments? Professional designers? … Continue reading

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Visualizing with Text – high-res figures now on-line

Visualizing with Text releases any day now: I hope to have my copy before the end of VisWeek. I’ve finally posted all the figures that I authored on-line with a CC-BY-SA 4.0 license. There’s 158 high-resolution images and diagrams from … Continue reading

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Visualizing with Text – Interactive Demos

Visualizing with Text now has interactive demos made with observable notebooks. One demo for word skimming is discussed including some code edits to make colorful text. Continue reading

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“…and what is the use of a book without pictures or conversations?”

My book Visualizing with Text is nearing publication (early November!). One goal of the book is to appeal to both researchers (with structured text with logical arguments), and designers (with many examples and pictures). I really like books with lots … Continue reading

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50 categoric colors, inspired by telephone wires

Using colors to represent different categories of data is challenging to scale past ten unique colors. Many authors and researchers recommend against it. Colobrewer2 doesn’t go past 12 unique colors. D3.js offers three variants of color scales with 20 unique colors. … Continue reading

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Papers, Rejections and Critiques

There have been a few recent blog posts after VisWeek about paper rejections such as Niklas’ Elmqvist’s Dealing with Rejection and Robert Kosara’s related Dealing with Paper Rejections. Rejections are certainly a painful part of the academic review process I’ve … Continue reading

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Microtext Line Charts

Sometimes a line chart needs to display a lot of lines. Instead of splitting into a grid of charts, consider replacing the lines with text. Continue reading

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