Natasha Singer for The New York Times starts the article on visualization and design with: "In an uncharted world of boundless data, information designers are our new navigators." Uh oh, I thought, another aesthetic-heavy piece on hot numbers. But then Singer continues:
They are computer scientists, statisticians, graphic designers, producers and cartographers who map entire oceans of data and turn them into innovative visual displays, like rich graphs and charts, that help both companies and consumers cut through the clutter. These gurus of visual analytics are making interactive data synonymous with attractive data.
I can get on board with that. Includes soundbites from Rosling, Shneiderman, and Rodenbeck.