The title for this question comes from the subtitle of the next book in my series of reviews. In fact, the full text reads “How to use data visualization (sic) to make better decisions – faster“. The spelling is a clue that this is a book from a leading US expert, and indeed this is […]
How do we visualise text?
There’s certainly nothing cryptic about this post’s title – it’s a review of Visualizing with Text, by Richard Brath. As explained on the back cover, the book “uncovers the rich palette of text elements usable in visualizations from simple labels through to documents.” One of its claims is “Eight new approaches to data visualization leveraging […]
Why is the NYT spiral graph getting so much attention?
Let’s start by explaining what “the NYT spiral graph” is, since that’s not a very specific explanation for one particular chart. But the fact is, if you’re part of the data visualisation community, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few days, you’ll almost certainly have seen this chart more than once. […]
How do we transform information into art?
That’s a big question – we’ll get to that, and the motivation for asking that particular question later! But the most important context about this post is the time of writing it – the third of January of a brand new year is when many of us look either back, or forward, or both. With […]
How do we become active citizens of data?
This post is a review of Jer Thorp’s “Living in Data”. It’s one of the hardest books I’ve had to review, in part because of the nature of the book and in part because of my own circumstances and the nature of how I read this book. But if you want a spoiler (a tl:dr; […]
What’s happening to Questions in Dataviz?
OK, so you’ve seen that I’ve made many book recommendations (though they seem to have dried up recently). And this blog has asked, addressed, answered (and dodged) many questions over the last (almost) five years. Well this post explains why I have found less time for book reviews recently. And it comes in the form […]
What can we learn from colour interactions?
This is a review of the seminal book “Interaction of Color” by Josef Albers – in particular the 50th Anniversary Edition (below). Right from the start, it’s important to state that it is full of high quality colour plates, every one illustrating an important experiment, illusion or lesson around colour theory. This experience already is […]
What happens when you combine red and blue?
This is not a post about colour theory, though colour theory is on my mind due to my current reading matter. If you’re interested in colour theory then I hope you’re keeping abreast of my book reviews this year. They’re all here on this blog under the #bookreview tag and Josef Albers’ legendary book – […]
What can we learn from the Minard System?
This post is a review of The Minard System – Sandra Rendgen’s excellent book from 2018. It’s a book which showcases the full collection of Charles-Joseph Minard’s distinctive work, the most famous (and notorious) of which is displayed on the front cover. The depiction of Napoleon’s Russian campaign has been championed by Edward Tufte with […]