5 Data Visualization Dissertations Worth a Look

Posted to Visualization  |  Nathan Yau

It’s coming to the end of the academic year, which means there are lots of graduate students frantically finishing up their dissertations, defending, and earning their degrees (yay!). Here are some tasty visualization dissertations, new and old, worth thumbing through.

Information Visualization for the People
Information Visualization for the People by Mike Danziger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Comparative Media Studies

Form of Facts and Figures
The Form of Facts and Figures by Christian Behrens, Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, Interface Design

Practical Tools for Exploring Data and Models
Practical Tools for Exploring Data and Models by Hadley Wickham, Iowa State University, Department of Statistics

Visual Tools for the Socio–semantic Web
Visual Tools for the Socio–semantic Web by Moritz Stefaner, Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, Interface Design

Computational Information Design
Computational Information Design by Ben Fry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Media Arts and Sciences

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Shifting Incomes for American Jobs

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Top Brewery Road Trip, Routed Algorithmically

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