“They aren’t statistics. They are human lives,” says Juan Luis Toledo Sanchez, member of the autonomous cooperative Cimarronez (or C.A.C.A.O., by its Spanish acronym), in..
Why We Find Joy and Value in Creating Data Visualizations
I don’t know about you, but when something piques my interest — TV tropes, color theory, the life-changing magic of tidying up, anything — I..
Credit Where Credit is Due: Mary Eleanor Spear
Have you ever heard of Mary Eleanor Spear? I don’t recall seeing her name come up in discussions or presentations about the pioneers of this..
The Process of Familiarity: An Interview with Nicholas Rougeux
I remember the first time I stumbled across the work of Nicholas Rougeux — it was his painstaking recreation of Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours — and I..
Noëlle Rakotondravony & Jason Forrest
Intricate & Visually Exciting: An Interview with Nadieh Bremer
Nadieh Bremer is an award-winning data visualization designer and artist, from a small town near Amsterdam. Nadieh’s projects demonstrate the beauty, fun, and excitement of working in dataviz...
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..
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