Colorless Green Graphs Sleep Furiously: A Conversation with Leland Wilkinson
This article traces some history of ideas behind Leland Wilkinson’s development of the Grammar of Graphics (and later, of ggplot2) in the form of a..
Did Data Visualization Erase the Woman from Women’s Work?
As the world changed over the past two years, more and more of my friends took to handcrafts like quilting and knitting as a counterbalance..
Encyclopedic Data Art
The digital edition of Iconographic Encyclopædia was a year-long project to breathe new life into an antique. In recent years, I’ve undertaken several of these..
The #DuBois Challenge
In February 2021, people on Twitter were challenged to re-create the historical data visualizations of W.E.B. Du Bois. The goal of the challenge was to..
Analytics of Avant-Garde: How Soviet Artists Designed Data
Internet research teaches us that people don’t read a text, but scan it. Fonts, pictures, and charts are used to highlight important ideas. A hundred..
Data and Technique: Reflections on Visualizing by Hand
Lee este artículo en español aquí. Before people began creating data visualizations with Tableau, Illustrator, R, and all the software that makes it easy for..
Datos y Técnica: Reflexiones sobre Visualizar los Datos a Mano
Read this article in English here. Antes de hacer Visualización de datos con Tableau, Illustrator, R y todos los softwares que nos facilitan hacer Dataviz,..
Ars Memorativa as the Genesis of Information Design: A Conversation with Manuel Lima
Manuel Lima is one of the most prominent figures of data visualization since the publication of Visual Complexity (Lima 2011). In this conversation, Manuel Lima traces..
Aurora Speeding Tickets
Before smartphones, digital cameras, and orbiting satellites, the international scientific community recruited volunteer observers across the globe to record and report aurora borealis activity as..
REVIEW: Data + Diversity-Exploring the Data Visualizations of W.E.B. Du Bois
I identify as “new to data.” So, when I attended Tableau’s February Data + Diversity talk, I was totally sending out imposter syndrome vibes. In..
György Markos and His Pictorial Information Graphics
The Hungarian Marxist, self-made geographer, and economist György Markos (1902–1976) was not the first to introduce ISOTYPE to the Hungarian public, but he was the..
REVIEW: A Guided Virtual Tour of ‘Data Visualization and the Modern Imagination’
Like inventors, explorers, and philosophers, data visualizers have honed their craft through experimentation, abject failure, breakthrough moments, pushing boundaries, and by standing on the shoulders..
Lessons Of Isotype: “Only An Ocean Between” (Part 1)
There’s much to be told in the story of the Isotype. The International System Of Typographic Picture Education (ISOTYPE) was invented by Otto Neurath in collaboration with his wife Marie Neurath, and Gerd Arntz. While..
Global Information Design, Part 4: Maps = Eyes + Imagination, Envisioning the Known World
A map is a diagram of a place. It shows us the physical relationships among the details. A map locates things we can touch and..
From Creation to Migration, Part 3: Cosmology in the Small
We find Cosmology in the large among sacred and political monuments. Information about our origins and our place in the universe is also encoded in..
Diving into Global Information Design, Part 2: Cosmology in the Large
Nine Themes for Frame Four Classification is an intellectual act, performed as often in the name of theology as in the name of science. The..
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