There’s a lot of stuff on this site. Where to start? Here is a little introduction and a number of pointers to get you started.
Visualization is so fascinating because it’s done in so many ways and touches so many other fields: perceptual psychology, statistics, computer graphics, journalism, etc.
I try to cover as much of this variety on this site as I can. It gets difficult to keep track of all the different things though…
What Are We Even Talking About?
While the variety of things that are called visualization are great, they can also get confusing. What’s thedifference between infographics and visualization?
It’s the raw material of data visualization, and there’s a lot of confusion around it. Familiarize yourself withthe differences between spreadsheet thinking and database thinking,然后学习思维水平如何of individual data items is different from thinking in terms of aggregates.
Data journalism has produced some really interesting visualizations recently.
There are lots of different chart types and visualization techniques. Here are a few that I’ve talked about.
Pie chartsare a contentious topic and deserve their own page. There you’ll find an overview of how they work, some good and bad examples, and pointers to some research.
I also have a separate page that lists all the articles I’ve written about different techniques and chart types.
I use criticism in the way it’s used in art and design: ask questions, understand, try to improve. I’ve written aboutcriticism as a tool for doing research, and written a number of critiques (not always in the criticism category).
I have criticized ideas that keep getting taught even though they are not actually meaningful or useful, likeChernoff Facesorthe many abuses of the periodic system of elements.
Other topics include questions aboutthe Challenger disaster examplethat is often taught in visualization courses. Also, the story behindJohn Snow’s Cholera mapis different much more interesting than many people think.