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Information visualization is the graphic presentation of data.
Done right, it’s like you’re looking through the eyes of an expert.
You're deluged with data on a daily basis. Sometimes it tells a story, sometimes the story needs to be found. And when there’s lots of data, making sense out of it becomes even trickier. Information visualization is the graphic presentation of that data. Done right, it’s like you’re looking through the eyes of an expert.
Need examples? A map of the New York City subway system. A diagram of the human brain. A stock chart. Even a baseball game box score.
In this seminar, Noah Iliinsky discusses the types of visualizations in common use, why and when they are useful, what types to use in different situations, how to think about different types, and who's doing good work. Of course, he'll also show some bad examples and talk about why they fail.
Through the examples Noah shows, you’ll learn how a visualization qualifies as beautiful: it must be aesthetically pleasing, but it must also be novel, informative, and efficient. And then he’ll talk a bit about how to do it, including these steps:
Noah will show you the state of information visualization today, and why it’s a tool that's appropriate for managers and administrators, as well as designers and developers.
“Successful visualizations are beautiful not only for their aesthetic design, but also for the elegant layers of detail that generate insight and new understanding.”
Visualization is a worthy goal to pursue and you’ll leave this seminar with some solid ideas on how to get there.
Information design is an important topic we’ve been chasing. We knew a bit about Noah’s work, and then got our hands on a copy of Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data through the Eyes of Experts, of which he is co-editor and author of the opening chapter.
Noah has spent the last several years thinking about effective approaches to creating diagrams and other types of information visualization. He also works in interface and interaction design, all from a functional and user-centered perspective. And talk about perspective, before becoming a designer he was a programmer for several years. He has a master's in Technical Communication from the University of Washington, and a bachelor's in Physics from Reed College.
Noah is traveling, speaking, and teaching quite a bit these days, but we got him on our calendar for you. Noah is also part of the 2011 Web App Masters Tour.
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