Inspired by the Future: Star Trek and the Rise of Dataviz
The challenge of any piece of science fiction – be it literature, film or TV – is to present a complete and realistic view of..
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Missing Data: Why Don’t We All Take the 2022 DVS SOTI Survey?
September 2022: the Data Visualization Society is running its annual survey about our diverse and dynamic field. I hope many of us will contribute our data this month, and invite people we know. To request your help on both counts, this article discusses three reasons we might *not* take this survey.
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Interview with the South China Morning Post Infographics Team
One of the most interesting teams in the world has to be the Infographics team of the South China Morning Post. Based in Hong Kong,..
Information Graphics in Action: Russian Agitational Postcards 1900–1960
The postcard originated in the middle of the XIX century and went through the development path together with the poster, following stylistic changes in the..
None Of Us Are Free If Some Of Us Are Not: Catherine D’Ignazio on Data Feminism
I had the great pleasure of seeing Catherine D’Ignazio speak at EYEO festival this past summer. I was totally inspired by her message, and while I had..
Data Visualization As an Act of Witnessing
In late 2016, I read an article by Michael Brennan, principal of Detroit-based, nonprofit design firm Civilla, in the Harvard Business Review. I was haunted by this line: “I..
Beyond Nightingale: Being a Woman in Data Visualization
If you conduct a quick internet search on “history of data visualization,” you’ll nearly always see Florence Nightingale included in the annals of history. Why?..
The Influence of Isotype in New Deal Information Design: A Resettlement Administration Exhibition, 1936
How the design concept influenced the American government's campaign to help its vulnerable populations.
Draw The Rest Of The Chart: Imposter Syndrome and Leveling Up in Data Visualization
Is It Ever Gonna Be Enough? A bright, energetic consultant stares intently at Microsoft PowerPoint. This hero, inexperienced but devoted, hears a door open nearby...
A Poet’s Perspective: Seven Reasons Why Your Dataviz Team Should Include an Analyst from the Humanities
I was once auto-rejected from a job I had written for myself. After several interviews, my soon-to-be manager asked me to delineate the responsibilities I..
Spotlight on Community
August 10, 2022
The Declutter and Focus Concepts – Popular Academic Opinions or Effective Design Principles?
Declutter and focus are two guidelines for creating clear and efficient visualizations. The declutter guideline suggests removing all the non-critical elements of the chart like..
Mary Aviles & Jason Forrest
August 9, 2022
Information Empowerment: A Reciprocal Data Literacy Case Study, Part 3
This is part three of a six-part series dedicated to sharing cross-functional ideas for design thinkers, data practitioners, business intelligence analysts, researchers, policymakers, and subject..
Jason Forrest, Jill A. Brown, Nate Coursey, Tristan Guillevin, Jeff Harrison & Eli Holder
August 3, 2022
“In the end, all data visualization ends up with a conversation” — A Joint Review of Eyeo 2022
The Eyeo festival has always held an interesting place in the community as, I’m told, it never really focused on any specific subject matter. At..
The Ellis Puppy Olympics: A Kids’ Data Visualization Challenge
Recently, it has been HOT in Austin, Texas, with highs getting close to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. As a family, we are always looking ways to..
Behind the Scenes with Axios Data Visualization
Axios launched in 2017 as a news organisation with the mission ‘Smart Brevity,’ emphasizing the power of saying more with less. Their method of storytelling..
Three Questions with… Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec
This article originally appeared in the Spring 2022 print edition of Nightingale Magazine. Didn’t get a copy? Purchase one while supplies last!Giorgia Lupi is an..
Connecting Researchers and Dataviz Practitioners through Study Opportunities
The field of dataviz research is wide and deep, with academics studying everything from how to use machine learning to generate effective chart recommendations to..
“Cut Short”: Visualizing Lives Lost with Empathy and Impact
In May 2022, the U.S. hit the grim milestone of 1 million COVID deaths. Newsrooms across the country reported this statistic, often accompanied by sobering..
Visualizing Your Personal Gender Pay Gap: How Does Your Salary Compare?
Every year the Data Visualization Society (DVS) conducts a huge survey called the State of the Industry—collecting a rich array of data that paints a..
What a Book Published in the 80s Taught Me about Data Visualization
I was on holiday recently in the Welsh border town of Hay on Wye, when I came across a book that instantly caught my attention...
A Matter of Time: Linking Job Titles to Data Visualization Tasks
Is there any difference in the amount of time we allocate to the different phases of a data visualization project, depending on our professional role?..
Early Sketches for Career Portraits in Data Visualization
This article is part of a larger effort to leverage the DVS Survey data to provide useful insights about data visualization to our members. Previous..
REVIEW: Dr. Selena Fisk’s I’m Not a Numbers Person
When I came across I’m not a numbers person and learned about Dr. Selena Fisk, I knew that I would be interested in reading the..
Beyond the Bar: Alternative Methods for Visualizing Two Points of Change
People love comparisons, whether between two groups or the difference in an outcome between two time points. Many data (visualization) designers use a clustered bar..
Noisy Cities: Behind the Scenes with Karim Douïeb
Karim Douïeb is a Brussels-based data scientist and co-founder of Jetpack.ai. He is also the creator of an unexpectedly-viral U.S. election map that he spoke..
I Asked an Artificial Intelligence to Draw a Chart
A new generation of text-to-image generative models are rapidly changing what is possible in generative design. Two apps in particular, Midjourney and Dalle-E 2, have..
Are Vertical Line Charts Ever a Good Idea?
I recently asked dataviz Twitter if anyone could point to situations in which a vertical line chart was the best chart type for that situation...
How to Write for Nightingale
Everything you ever wanted to know to publish with us! In addition to helping writers to level up their skills, these guidelines provide alignment for..
Nightingale Magazine, Issue 1 Retro: What We Learned
Now that the Spring 2022 issue of Nightingale Magazine is showing up in mailboxes all around the world, the editorial team wanted to share some..
Behind the Scenes of the First Nightingale Magazine with Its Creative Director
Enjoy an exclusive interview with Nightingale’s creative director Julie Brunet (datacitron) on how the magazine came to life. This interview originally appeared in #ThePlot newsletter...
Remembrances of Things EDA
Published for Tukey Day, June 16, the 107th anniversary of John Tukey’s birthThis article recounts the origins and influences of the movement in statistics and data..
Watching for Peas and Carrots: Solving the Green and Orange Dilemma in Data Visualization
In this writing, I discuss the challenge of working with a green and orange color scheme in data visualization. Unfortunately, 99 percent of people with..
Three Questions with… Jason Forrest
Jason Forrest is the Director of the McKinsey & Co. Data Visualization Lab and Editor-in-Chief of Nightingale. Check out his writing for Nightingale here.1. If..
Get behind Me, Titivillus! How to Avoid Mistakes in Your Work
Meet Titivillus. His LinkedIn profile describes him as a demon who works for Satan to introduce errors into the works of scribes. Imagine if you..
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SPOTLIGHT: My Creation Process for the SOTI Dataviz Explanatory Challenge
I first heard about the Data Visualization Society’s State of the Industry visualization challenge when Loris Mat posted the design process behind his winning entry...
Patrick Abercrombie’s “The Greater London Plan”
One of my favorite works of data visualization is a map from “The Greater London Plan” in 1944. This semi-abstract map by Patrick Abercrombie and..
Timely Advice – How Long Does Dataviz Take?
Visualizing 3iap timesheets for 10 dataviz client projects. How much time goes into researching, data-wrangling, designing, and building different types of data visualizations? Every client..
Exploring Necessity, a Personal Data Art Project, by Tiziana Alocci
Tiziana Alocci, an award-winning information designer and lecturer based in London, recently launched a new data art series, Necessity. To learn more about the project,..
SPOTLIGHT: The Pinterest of Data Visualisation
150 stunning chart examples, and growing! I’ve just created a website called dataviz-inspiration.com and it showcases hundreds of stunning dataviz projects I’ve encountered in the..
SPOTLIGHT: Visualizing Five Years of Bullet Journaling
Bullet journaling is a style of journaling where you start with an empty dot grid notebook, and fill it with different pages that you create..
Telling the Story of Urban Innovation and Pandemic Response with Data
In late March 2020, shortly after COVID-19 was recognized as a global pandemic, the National League of Cities (NLC) partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies to create..
Step 2 in the Data Exploration Journey: Going Deeper into the Analysis
This article is part III in a series on data exploration, and the common struggles that we all face when trying to learn something new...
SPOTLIGHT: How to Say ‘I Love You’ with a Graphic
For the past two years, the data visualization narratives we’ve become familiar with infection curves, maps of health zones, and models of how the virus..
Building and Visualizing a Social Network through the Vikings’ Example
As an avid fan of the Vikings, I was extremely excited about the new spin-off on Netflix titled Vikings: Valhalla. Simultaneously, my network-and-data-scientist self was..
The Visual Evolution of the Tommy Westphall Universe
Television series finales often offer their long-time viewers heartfelt moments, character arc completions, plot line conclusions, tears, laughs and more. Unlike any other series finale,..