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:
http://www.visual-literacy.org/periodic_table/periodic_table_as_pdf.pdf

But try the online version - As you mouse over the various "elements" an example pops up to demonstrate what it looks like.
http://ow.ly/v9RI

The full article explaining the table can be found at
http://ow.ly/wk7d

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.

2 comments:

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 (www.cartametrix.com) for a perfect example of this.