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?..
Visualizing Data for Audiences in Low & Middle-Income Countries
On a dedicated channel, #dvs-topics-in-data-viz, in the Data Visualization Society Slack, our members discuss questions and issues pertinent to the field of data visualization. Discussion..
What Are Data Visualization Style Guidelines?
Organizations like Google and London City Intelligence have extended their design systems to include standards specifically for data visualization. This speaks to the growing importance of using data and..
Dataviz as Guide Dog
As a data vis designer living in both the art and data worlds, I sometimes hear that I should “just go wild” or “let my..
From the Battlefield to Basketball: A Data Visualization Journey with Florence Nightingale
In 1858, Florence Nightingale published a study on the conditions of army hospitals, her seminal Notes on Matters Affecting the Health, Efficiency, and Hospital Administration of the..
Visualizing Small Victories
Everyone loves a trophy! Okay, it’s not that simple. Still, we humans love to mark milestones and accomplishments. Trophies are tangible reminders of those fleeting moments of victory...
How to Use Storytelling Conventions to Create Better Visualizations
Story is the best form of communication we have. To the steely-eyed analyst, it may seem superfluous and manipulative — a way to persuade with..
What to Expect in Data Visualization Engineer Job Interviews
Preparing for data visualization job interviews can be quite challenging, as it seems every company asks different things. I wrote this article based on my..
The Gilded Age Map That Shines a Light on America’s Past and Present
It’s hard not to be shocked by “Historical Geography,” a map by John F. Smith from 1888. By overlaying a strange “tree” shape with such..
Why We’re all Slackers in Data Visualization Society
Since the Data Visualization Society (DVS) was founded, its membership has grown far more quickly than could have been anticipated. Within just a few months,..
Political Systems Charts: An Understudied Chart Form
Political systems charts are frequently seen online but there is scarce information on the genre and on how it evolved throughout the decades. This article will..
Tear Up Your Baseline
A torn paper metaphor brings non-zero baselines to your reader’s attention. This intentional design flourish is inspired by one of data visualization’s pioneers who, 100..
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..
Build A Trust Infrastructure Between Your Team and Your Audience
While everyone loves data, it can be perceived by many as something ‘technical’ (if not outright ‘scary’) and at the very least as something a..
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