Visualization

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How practitioners learned data visualization

Visualization is still a relatively young field, so people learn about and how to visualize data in a lot of different ways. For instance, there weren’t any visualization-specific courses when I was in school, so I picked up a lot ad hoc. Alli Torban, looking at responses to the 2018 Data Visualization Survey, shows how others learned. The top three: examples, collaboration with those more skilled, and books. Tags: learning,...

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What to expect data visualization job interviews

Krist Wongsuphasawat, who recently interviewed for a healthy helping of visualization jobs, outlines the questions asked and the general flow of things. [T]here are some sessions that your data visualization skills will play the key roles, but there will be tests for other skills as well. As I have mentioned earlier, data visualization is one of the main skills, but having only that is usually not good enough to land...

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List of visualization best-of-year lists, 2018

The end of a year is always a good time to look back at past work, because the day-to-day can sometimes feel like an endless churn. There’s also just no way to remember everything, and because of the volume, there’s really no way you can see everything that everyone made. Hence, lists. And Maarten Lambrechts compiled a list of all the visualization lists for 2018 for your perusal. I am...

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Applying for a PhD program in visualization

Niklas Elmqvist provides a detailed guide for finding and a visualization PhD program: Unless you have a specific reason to choose a specific university (such as a geographic one; maybe you can’t relocate), don’t start from the university you want to go to, but start with the faculty member you want to work with. This is where all that idle web surfing experience can come in useful: you need to...

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Context to the stock market rise and falls

The stock market is in a state. So finicky the past few months. Kate Rabinowitz and Leslie Shapiro for The Washington Post provide a view further into the past for more context to the recent flux. The stretching time axis as you scroll makes for an easy-to-follow visual cue. Tags: stock market, Washington Post

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Best Data Visualization Projects of 2018

Visualization continues to mature and develop into a medium. There's less focus on visualization the tool and more focus on how to use the tools. That is a good thing. Read More

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✚ Google Fusion Tables Shutdown, Lack of Preservation, and Finding Alternatives

Google announced that Fusion Tables will be laid to rest, which highlights a need for preservation of visualization for the long-term. Read More

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Defining visualization literacy

Michael Correll on the use of “visualization literacy” in research: If people (and, by some definitions, many or even most people) are chart illiterates, then we may feel tempted to write those groups off. We may prioritize the design of visualizations to help the creators of, say, machine learning models, from whom we can presume a sufficient level of visual and statistical literacy, rather than the populations who may be...

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Visualization research for non-researchers

Reading visualization research papers can often feel like a slog. As a necessity, there’s usually a lot of jargon, references to William Cleveland and Robert McGill, and sometimes perception studies that lack a bit of rigor. So for practitioners or people generally interested in data communication, worthwhile research falls into a “read later” folder never to be seen again. Multiple Views, started by visualization researchers Jessica Hullman, Danielle Szafir, Robert...

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Interactive recreation of an 1821 color guidebook

I’m always down for faux vintage, online recreations of actual vintage visualization-related things. Using scans from the real thing, Nicholas Rougeux recreated Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours, supplementing with interaction and photo references. Tags: color, recreation, vintage

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