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Visualising the Pulse of the City

Interesting article at InfoVis describing new visualization methods to reveal various facets of urban life such as where people gather and how they move and how news of an important event travels through the city.

The Periodic Table of the Elements

InfoVis article on one of the most outstanding achievements in information visualization - Dmitri Mendeleev's Periodic Table.

A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

Yes, this is nice, might be even cool. But I'd rather prefer the Method Cards format.
[thanks infodesign]

Information aesthetics

Here's a blog on information visualization - information aesthetics by Andrew Vande Moere.

Processes that pop out

Juan C. Dürsteler has written an article at Infovis on pre-attentive processing in visualization. The human brain is programmed to very quickly automate repeated tasks. So in order to highlight a certain aspect of the interface or task, it needs to be differentiated from its surroundings. And there are several way of doing that: Colour, Form, Movement and Spatial Localization. Read the article to see examples and illustrations of each type.

Visual Complexity

A good listing of visualization strategies for complex networks:
“VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project's main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of discipline s, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web. I truly hope this space can inspire, motivate and enlighten any person doing research on this field”.

Infovis on Animation

This article from Infovis provides a brief on the two main uses of animation: visual narrative and process visualization.

However, my takeaway from this article is this description, which makes for a good definition of an interactive:

"The ensemble of visualization, animation and interaction make a very powerful trio both for the discovery of knowledge hidden in the data and for the transmission of the existing knowledge."

Slashdot: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

Slashdot: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

The discussion is on the 2001 edition of Tufte's classic, but you'll also find other useful links and tidbits on information visualization.


Real nice overview of the disease. Check it out.

Gallery of Data Visualization: The Best and Worst of Statistical Graphics

Gallery of Data Visualization: The Best and Worst of Statistical Graphics
- Like good writing, good graphical displays of data communicate ideas with clarity, precision, and efficiency.
- Like poor writing, bad graphical displays distort or obscure the data, make it harder to understand or compare, or otherwise thwart the communicative effect which the graph should convey.

Business Week: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Charts

Business Week: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Charts
Visual presentation isn't a substitute for numbers and graphs, but an adjunct to them. "Information visualization answers questions you didn't know you had," says University of Maryland computer scientist Ben Shneiderman...

Optimize: Model Behavior

Optimize: Model Behavior
A fast-paced economy requires flexible, adaptive structures that self-organize internally in response to external changes. Managers don't need pictures of hierarchy; they need visualizations of the wide-ranging connections that make up companies' learning systems. Rather than charts showing who reports to whom, they need charts to show who knows what and whom, and who works most often with whom. That's the purpose of organizational-network analysis, the application of social-network theory to organizations. ONA paints a much more accurate picture of how a company actually works, shares knowledge, and completes processes.

Web Interface Design: The Elements

Web Interface Design: The Elements of Interface Design
Interface design encompasses three distinct, but related constructs--usability, visualization, and functionality. Recently, a fourth component of interface design has emerged as a critical factor--accessibility. Interface design is most often associated with the development of Web pages, computer software, and multimedia, but is relevant to the creation of any instructional media or technical equipment.

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