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..
Exploring Isotype Charts: “Only An Ocean Between” (LESSONS OF ISOTYPE — 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..
Global Information Design, Part 1: A New Framework for Understanding Data Visualization
Patterns of Lines Information designers and dataviz practitioners today face a daily challenge: what technique, method, software, or code library to use for their next..
Finding Inspiring Data Visualisations In Mid-century Nature Books
Creativity and inspiration can come from anywhere in life. For me over the past couple of weeks due to fracturing my right (drawing) arm, it..
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..
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?..
Data Visualization in the Age of Communism
The Soviet Union used data to inspire, terrify, and persuade the proletariat The story of the Soviet Union is indelibly wedded to its propaganda. Visually stunning..
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..
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..
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