Lying with Infographics and Visualization

A great article written by Alberto Cairo, Professor, School of Communication at the University of Miami originally posted by The Functional Art. A few words about the most recent addition to my list of recommended infographics and visualization resources: Its title is Disinformation Visualization: How to lie with datavis, and it was written by Mushon Zer-Aviv (Twitter.) You should read it as soon as you can. Quoting: “Our eyes are trained to process the visual environment… 

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The Dangers of Bling Data Visualizations

Here is a great article by Michael O’Connell and Eric Novik (originally published on information management) that discusses how poor visualization techniques lead to loss of data, insight, and usability. Given the volume of information that’s pouring into the enterprise from so many disparate sources, knowledge workers need to be able to visualize information in order to analyze it and extrapolate insights effectively. When business users can visualize information, they’re… 

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Big Data Visualization: 3 Errors To Avoid

Here is a great article by Noah Iliinsky (originally published on information week) Avoid common visualization mistakes. Here’s advice on how to clarify goals and get better results. There has been a lot of talk about data visualization lately — almost as much as there has been about big data. We’re told that visualization is the best way (or the only way) to understand data, and that if we’re not… 

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Why We Remember Some Visualizations and Forget Others

Memorable visualizations

This a great article by Tiffany Trader (originally published on HPC Wire) that addresses our concern that data visualization is being reduced to BI chart simplicity because of the limitations of BI tools and a lack of imagination and skill by visualization designers:  Researchers from Harvard and MIT have teamed up to address an important question: what makes a data visualization memorable? The conventional opinion is that it’s easy to… 

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