Monday, October 26, 2009

Visualization Methods - Really really interesting

Previously I wrote about Edward Tufte's Book on presenting graphs. Well, it seems that data visualization has been taken to a whole new level.

Ralph Lengler & Martin J. Eppler form the Institute of Corporate Communication compiled a "Periodic table" of visualization methods that categorizes and shows examples of about 100 visualization methods.

The table can be downloaded in pdf format at:

But try the online version - As you mouse over the various "elements" an example pops up to demonstrate what it looks like.

The full article explaining the table can be found at

Wow - It takes people specializing in visualization methods to think of such an innovative way to present their concept.

PS. I heard about this on the American Evaluation Assocation's Linked in Group.This and other useful information gets shared from time to time.


Juliet Wilson said...

This is brilliant, I've passed it on to my colleagues. Thanks

paul said...

Very interesting. With increasing access to technologies that help us link data with visualization, I think we are in the midst of exciting times for M&E and data analysis. Check out the Cartametrix website ( for a perfect example of this.