Complex Visualizations Roundup

Tufte’s new book Beautiful Evidence is out. I find Tufte’s books valuable as illustrated case studies for visualization rather than a series of general design principles. He writes about the new book’s purpose this way:

Science and art have in common intense seeing, the wide-eyed observing that generates empirical information. Beautiful Evidence is about how seeing turns into showing, how empirical observations turn into explanations and evidence presentations. The book identifies excellent and effective methods for presenting information, suggests new designs, and provides tools for assessing the credibility of evidence presentations.

This book also contains Tufte’s The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint critique as a chapter. My copy is on order.

In other visualization news, I happened across visualcomplexity.com, a site that is cataloging a stupendous variety of visualizations of complex networks.

VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project’s main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web. I truly hope this space can inspire, motivate and enlighten any person doing research on this field.

Definitely worth a visit.

posted July 17, 2006 by eric

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