I want to be Jorge Camoes when I grow up.

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 and Stephen Few — with loving skepticism.

I’m gratified, too, that he seems to agree with me on one central point: Snazzy tools alone don’t get you good data visualization. It all comes down to putting serious thought into the project before you plot the first data point.

In future posts we’ll discuss more of Jorge’s ideas. Bem feito, o Sr. Camoes!

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