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7 Classic Foundational Vis Papers You Might not Want to Publicly Confess you Don’t Know

7 Classic Foundational Vis Papers You Might not Want to Publicly Confess you Don’t Know
(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. I love you all. Even if I am definitely not a veteran of infovis research (far from it) I started reading my first papers around the year 2000 and since then I’ve never stopped. come from the very early days of infovisare foundationalare cited over and overI like a lot Of course this doesn’t mean these are the only ones you should read if you want to dig into this matter. Advice: in order to really appreciate them you have to think they have all been written during the ’90s (some even in the ’80s!). Graphical Perception: Theory, Experimentation, and Application to the Development of Graphical Methods. Please don’t tell me you don’t know this one!

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An Illustrated Tour of the Pie Chart Study Results – eagereyes In two papers, Drew Skau and I recently showed that our idea of how we read pie charts is wrong, that donut charts are no worse than pie charts, and a few more things. Here is a detailed walk-through of the results of the three studies we conducted for this purpose. Let’s go on a little journey through some real data and do a little science together!

Data Stories I have a goal in life: To rid the world of bad PowerPoint slides. We’ve all sat through meetings, struggling to stay awake during presentations filled with cheesy stock images, confusing bar graphs, and pie chart after pie chart. This needn’t be so. Even the driest content can come to life – if it’s presented creatively. Stephen Few: Information Visualization Research Projects that Would Benefit Practitioners In a previous blog post titled “Potential Information Visualization Research Projects,” I announced that I would prepare a list of potential research projects that would address actual problems and needs that are faced by data visualization practitioners. So far I’ve prepared an initial 33-project list to seed an ongoing effort, which I’ll do my best to maintain as new ideas emerge and old ideas are actually addressed by researchers. These projects do not appear in any particular order. My intention is to help practitioners by making researchers aware of ways that they can address real needs. I will keep a regularly updated list of project ideas as a PDF document, but I’ve briefly described the initial list below.

The Golden Age of Statistical Graphics Michael Friendly. The Golden Age of Statistical Graphics. Ststistical Science, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 502–535, 2008. Download: from web | via doi Statistical graphics and data visualization have long histories, but their modern forms began only in the early 1800s. Between roughly 1850 to 1900 (± 10), an explosive growth occurred in both the general use of graphic methods and the range of topics to which they were applied.

Color Theory Quick Reference Poster It’s always good to be able to articulate design choices to your clients; why you put something where, why you chose the color scheme you did, etc. This knowledge is one of the biggest differences between a designer and a non-designer. But there is a lot to remember when it comes to the realm of graphic design – so much so that it’s pretty much impossible to remember everything from all the theories of graphic design, to web design best practices to Photoshop keyboard shortcuts. With that in mind, I decided it would be useful to have all of the basics of color theory contained in one place – specifically, a cool infographic-esque poster. This way, I can quickly reference things that may have slipped to the back of my mind since design school. The end result is this: The Color Theory Quick Reference Poster for Designers.

Information Visualization Research as Pseudo-Science - Perceptual Edge Discussion Forum Despite the unnecessarily aggressive tone, critiques like this are important for the advancement of science. I am looking forward to the authors' responses and I hope this critique will start an insightful and constructive debate. Although I haven't had the chance to read the paper yet, the part on statistical unreliability seems exaggerated irrespective of the paper's content. UW Interactive Data Lab We present Vega-Lite, a high-level grammar that enables rapid specification of interactive data visualizations. Vega-Lite combines a traditional grammar of graphics, providing visual encoding rules and a composition algebra for layered and multi-view displays, with a novel grammar of interaction. Users specify interactive semantics by composing selections. In Vega-Lite, a selection is an abstraction that defines input event processing, points of interest, and a predicate function for inclusion testing. Selections parameterize visual encodings by serving as input data, defining scale extents, or by driving conditional logic. The Vega-Lite compiler automatically synthesizes requisite data flow and event handling logic, which users can override for further customization.

Elements of Design Quick Reference Sheet Last year, we created a Color Theory Quick Reference Poster - a cheat sheet designed to give you a quick overview of color theory at a glance. It proved fairly popular with the design community, as we received our biggest bump in traffic yet from it, and it remains one of our most popular posts. I know I still reference it quite often. One thing that quite a few readers have asked for is a similar quick reference poster, or cheat sheet, for the Elements of Design. Well, wait no longer readers – it’s here, it’s free, and it’s pretty sweet (in my humble opinion).

39 studies about human perception in 30 minutes – Medium bars and pies for proportions Much is said about the relative merits of bars and circles for showing proportions. All five of these studies legitimize the use of pie charts when conveying proportions and some even show their superiority over bar charts. Software Engineering for Big Data Systems Guest Editors" Introduction Guest Editors' Introduction • Ian Gorton, Ayse Basar Bener, and Audris Mockus • April 2016 We edited a special issue on “Software Engineering for Big Data Systems” for the March/April 2016 issue of IEEE Software magazine. The issue focused on big data’s implications for software engineering and five categories of design requirements for building such systems:

Periodic Table of Typefaces Large original English version HERESpanish version HEREPortuguese version HERE PRINTS, SOURCE FILES, and other Periodic Table of Typeface related goodies are available HERE The Periodic Table of Typefaces is obviously in the style of all the thousands of over-sized Periodic Table of Elements posters hanging in schools and homes around the world. This particular table lists 100 of the most popular, influential and notorious typefaces today. As with traditional periodic tables, this table presents the subject matter grouped categorically. The Table of Typefaces groups by families and classes of typefaces: sans-serif, serif, script, blackletter, glyphic, display, grotesque, realist, didone, garalde, geometric, humanist, slab-serif and mixed.