In this research post, Four Ways of Looking at Twitter, from Harvard Business Review, Scott Berinato ledes with…
Data visualization is cool. It’s also becoming ever more useful, as the vibrant online community of data visualizers (programmers, designers, artists, and statisticians — sometimes all in one person) grows and the tools to execute their visions improve.
Agreed that data visualization is cool and the field is growing. But I wonder if data visualization literacy among non-dataviz is equally on the rise? I may have a distorted view from where I’m sitting, considering that the NYTimes graphics department has led the industry in producing interactive graphics. Then again…
The Obama Administration’s appointment of information-design expert Edward Tufte “to advise the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which monitors the way the $787 billion in the stimulus package is being spent” might indicate the government’s growing recognition of the importance in visualizing data.
In addition, sounds like Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg are betting on it as they recently launched their own agency Flowing Media in a not-so-crowded industry. The other agencies I can think of are XPLANE and stamen design. (funny how one is in ALL CAPS while the other is all lower case. Seriously. Check out their respective websites.) I’m sure there are others but those are the agencies that quickly come to mind.
Online tools such as Tableau Software and Many Eyes are meant to empower the general public in creating data visualizations for analysis. But are they the Flickr and YouTube of informational graphics?
For more blogs and resources on interactive graphics and data visualization, I continue to maintain the Interactive Narratives’ Interactive Graphics tab on NetVibes Universe. I also put together two Twitter lists on interactive graphics: organizations and people.