Passionate Intensity · How to "visualize" the competition In a previous post, I mentioned how I am a big fan of Edward Tufte. One of the best things coming out of the Tufte school of thought is that you should be able to visually represent complex systems on a single sheet of paper that is dense with information while still making the general patterns inherent in the systems visually comprehensible. Single graph, complex system. It’s a challenge, but the results can be stunning if you look at some of the examples in his books. So, in a prior company, I had the challenge of trying to represent a complex ecosystem of partners and competitors (we were doing Cloud Computing, so there were lots of big and small players vying for media attention) and make some sense of what was going on in the marketplace.
(In my last post I introduced the idea of regularly posting research material in this blog as a way to bridge the gap between researchers and practitioners. Some people kindly replied to my call for feedback and the general feeling seems to be like: “cool go on! rock it! we need it!”. Ok, thanks guys your encouragement is very much needed. 7 Classic Foundational Vis Papers You Might not Want to Publicly Confess you Don’t Know
Generalized Pythagoras Trees (2014) Non-layered Tidy Trees (2013) GosperMap (2013) Balloon Treemap (2013) Gyrolayout (2013) Columnar Tree Map (2013)
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We’re publishing a new Strata Gem each day all the way through to December 24. Yesterday’s Gem: Use Write your own visualizations. If you’re trying to summarize your data, you’ll likely show it in a chart. It’s easy to reach for a “standard” option, perhaps even the much-maligned pie chart: few of us leave education with a repertoire of more than a few chart types. Aside from giving your audience visual ennui, the usual suspects can be limited in what they convey. Strata Gems: Quick starts for charts
VisualEyes is web-based authoring tool developed at the University of Virginia to weave images, maps, charts, video and data into highly interactive and compelling dynamic visualizations. Click on the image above to watch a short screen-cast about VisualEyes. VisualEyes enables scholars to present selected primary source materials and research findings while encouraging active inquiry and hands-on learning among general and targeted audiences. It communicates through the use of dynamic displays – or "visualizations" – that organize and present meaningful information in both traditional and multimedia formats, such as audio-video, animation, charts, maps, data, and interactive timelines.