Net.hrInformation Visualization ManifestoPosted: August 30th, 2009 | Author: Manuel Lima | Filed under: Uncategorized | – “The purpose of visualization is insight, not pictures” Ben Shneiderman (1999) – Over the past few months I’ve been talking with many people passionate about Information Visualization who share a sense of saturation over a growing number of frivolous projects. When Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viégas wrote about Vernacular Visualization, in their excellent article on the July-August 2008 edition of interactions magazine, they observed how the last couple of years have witnessed the tipping point of a field that used to be locked away in its academic vault, far from the public eye. I don’t tend to be harshly censorial of many of the projects that over-glorify aesthetics over functionality, because I believe they’re part of our continuous growth and maturity as a discipline. Even though a clear divide is necessary, it doesn’t mean that Information Visualization and Information Art cannot coexist.
HOW TO: SimplifyLeo Babauta is author of The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential ... in Business and in Life, and owner of the highly popular Zen Habits blog. Startup businesses are often smaller than more established competitors, with fewer resources, smaller staffs, less capital, and not enough time to get everything done. That can be a major disadvantage ... or it can be a great advantage, if the startup is smart about it: using time and resources wisely, focusing on less, staying lean and being better at one thing than anyone else. Focusing on Less Large companies like Google, Apple, and Microsoft might be able to handle many fronts at once, from hardware to software to cornering the online ad market. For example, there are tons of productivity/personal development blogs, but how many focus on simple productivity? To focus on less ask yourself: - What do you or your company do best? Do Less Each day, choose three tasks that will have the biggest impact, and do those first.
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