From Visual.ly, a cautionary illustration that expresses exactly what I hate about so very many infographics. It dumbs down information under the guise of making you smarter. Browse more infographics.
At his blog, Michael Babwahsingh says a number of smart things about the current status and ultimate value of information design. Number 8 is an excellent sample of his sensible macro approach: 8. CommercializationFor several years now, the infoviz/dataviz trend … Continued
Michael Friendly and Daniel J. Denis have a wonderful interactive timeline on milestones in the theory and practice of data visualization. Be prepared to spend a lot of time there; it’s a deep well. Milestones in the History of Thematic … Continued
I’ve written before about song lyrics shown in graphic form. And it’s Friday afternoon, so what the hey — I’m going there again. Sometimes this visual gimmick really works. See “Pinball Wizard,” where the lyrics actually provide you with all … Continued
Portuguese infoviz enthusiast Jorge Camoes has spent the last year and a half writing informed, insightful blog posts on the field, complete with examples and citations. To his credit, he approaches everything — even the revered work of Edward Tufte … Continued
For readers with an interest in the nuts and bolts, here’s a look at how we operate — literally. WORKING KIT FOR SYNOPTICAL CHARTS LLC iMac 24″ (OS X) – Big MacAcer Desktop (Windows Vista/Ubuntu Linux) –Quarter PounderDell Studio Laptop … Continued
I was surprised to read this week that putatively educated Americans (a Louisiana lawyer, a Colorado dentist, an ABC News reporter) don’t understand the concept of marginal tax rates. Because of this lack of comprehension, per ABC, the lawyer and … Continued
At the PTS blog, Excel charting whiz Jon Peltier takes an all-too-common type of crappy chart and walks the reader through his methods for analyzing and improving it. He starts with this: … and ends up with this far better … Continued