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Data visualization doesn’t matter

Visual.ly analyzed the top 30 infographics posted on their site and determined that data visualization doesn't matter: Data visualization certainly matters when it comes to conveying information effectively, but when…

Open thread: Are we drowning or swimming in data?

After reading another article about the flood of data that we're drowning and struggling to stay afloat in, I wondered, "If everyone is drowning in data, does that mean statisticians…

The Many Words for Visualization

There are a lot of words to describe visualization and visualization-related things. It can be confusing. You just came across this thing with data and stuff, but what do you…

Open thread: Is it OK to confuse if that’s the message?

Earlier this week we saw two versions of mobile patent lawsuits. The original was tangled, whereas the interactive revision was less jumbled. Reader Josh commented that the original had an…

Open thread: Data as cake and frosting?

Mark Johnstone uses a cake metaphor to represent data, presentation, and what you gain. Does the metaphor work? Sound off in the comments below.…

Open thread: Is the Food Plate better than the Pyramid?

In an effort to decrease obesity and improve general health, the US government announced their newest guide to food proportions: the food plate. This of course is a departure from…

Challenge: Spot the mistakes in the figures

During production of the 2011 USAID annual letter from Rajiv Shah, someone said to someone else, "We need to make this more visually appealing. Let's add some charts." The problem…

Open thread: What data do you want to see visualized?

There is so much data available and new data released every day, but not all of it is that interesting. Some is spotty and some doesn't make sense. However, there…

Open thread: Charts during the State of the Union address

President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address yesterday, and this year it was "enhanced" by charts and graphs. Basically, as Obama spoke, graphics that you could equate…

Open thread: Is this map too confusing?

This map, a collaboration between Good and Gregory Hubacek, shows three metrics from the most recent American Community Survey by the US Census: high school graduates, college graduates, and median…

Open thread: What’s the difference between a visualization and an infographic?

Interesting thread on Quora. I never gave it much thought, although I do have an infographics category, along with a few visualization categories. If I were to take a stab…

Open thread: How do you start working on a data graphic?

People approach data in different ways, especially across different fields. When you're presented with a dataset that you have to convert to a graphic, what's the first thing that you…

Discuss: Graphs on Old Spice YouTube campaign

I trust we've all seen the OldSpice YouTube campaign by now? This graphic from Know Your Meme categorizes videos by who they were directed to and how many views they…

Discuss: Driving is why you’re fat?

In a collaboration between GOOD and Hyperakt, they come out with a bold statement: driving is why you're fat. They follow with a graphic that shows rankings by state for…

Discuss: Why collect data about yourself?

Personal data fascinates me. I collect data about myself mostly as a way to journal and document the present so that I can look back on it later - similar…

Challenge: What is a FIFA player’s worth?

I really want to like this graphic on the "worth" of FIFA players. The colors pop and the topic is potentially interesting. There are some graphics 101 pitfalls going on…

Discuss: Powerpoint is the enemy?

In reference to the above, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, leader of the American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, joked during a meeting, "When we understand that slide, we’ll have won…

Discuss: Flowchart on drinkable water in the world

March 22 was World Water Day, and TreeHugger posted this graphic on drinking water that is available in the world. The main point is that a very small percentage of…

Challenge: make this graph easier to read

The Economist discusses the return of big government and includes this graph showing total government spending as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product. Is there a better way to represent the time series?

Open thread: What visualization tutorials do you want to see?

After the county map tutorial a few months ago, I decided to write more how-to posts. Since then, with the new tutorials, it's been great seeing the excitement over visualizing…

Afternoon Thread: Best Visualization of 2009?

The end of 2009 is looming, and it's about time to make this year's picks for best visualizations. I was sifting through the archives the other day. The selection is…

Open Thread: What the **** is Visualization Anyways?

I think ever since visualization got started, people have been asking this question. Some... okay, many describe it as purely an analytical tool. Others (i.e. me) are a little more…