Martin briefly discusses a presentation at a recent visualization workshop. The speaker blurts, “I don’t care about the data, I am just interested in the method.” This begs the question
Can you design worthwhile visualization without worthwhile data?
I can see why the speaker said what he did, but you know what, if you don’t care about the data then I probably won’t either, and most likely, I won’t care about your visualization. What do you think? Can useful visualization techniques come out of using whatever datasets?
I asked the same question on Twitter a couple of days ago. Here are a few of the responses:
@skylark64: you can, but shouldn’t… Then again, maybe it is worthwhile to someone.
@vrypan: But that’s the question in the first place! “what’s my data worth?” If you know the answer, tools have little importance.
I think I know where this conversation is headed.