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Cross the Learning Desert in a Ferrari | January 30, 2001 | Well, looky here, an interview with XPLANE's founder, Dave Gray. “Pluck yourself from the learning desert, where lost travelers search for wisdom among dunes of data and mountains of meaninglessness to discover a once-lost oasis — understanding. Blending ancient communication methods with modern design ingenuity, XPLANE, a visual design firm based in St. Louis' historic Soulard district, designs learning products and interfaces that take you from zero to understanding in seconds.”

Saying It in Graphics: from Intentions to Visualizations | January 10, 2001 | “We propose a methodology for automatically realizing communicative goals in graphics. It features a task model that mediates the communicative intent and the selection of graphical techniques. The methodology supports the following functions: isolating assertions presentable in graphics; mapping such assertions into tasks for the potential reader, and selecting graphical techniques that support those tasks. We illustrate the methodology by redesigning a textual argument into a multimedia one with the same rhetorical and content structures but employing graphics to achieve some of the intentions.” More here: Papers by the Sage Visualization Group.

Are we entering an era of 'slideware'? | October 26, 2000 | “It takes Joseph Baron just 20 PowerPoint slides to communicate his young company's promise: the vision, the competitive landscape, the 'white space of opportunity.' ... Of course, Baron also has a detailed business plan, densely packed with competitive analyses, revenue projections and partner pedigrees. That's the core document. But he wouldn't dream of making the rounds without a PowerPoint presentation on his laptop hard drive.” PowerPoints are unforgivingly nasty and usually ineffective and you deserve all the trouble you get — and all the money you don't — for not treating your important, unique information in an important, unique way. Thanks splorp.

Break-Up Made Easier With Colorful Visual Aids | October 4, 2000 | “HUNTINGTON, WV — Stephanie Duquette's break-up with boyfriend Chris Straub was made easier Sunday with an array of colorful charts, graphs, and other visual aids from Copy Express, a Huntington-area copy shop. 'When Stephanie came in looking for a way to make her dumping of Chris more effective and memorable, I was more than happy to help,' said Copy Express assistant manager Debbie Saldana.”

The Concept Mapping Homepage | September 12, 2000 | “Concept mapping is a technique for representing knowledge in graphs. Knowledge graphs are networks of concepts. Networks consist of nodes (points/vertices) and links (arcs/edges). Nodes represent concepts and links represent the relations between concepts.”

Diagrams about Thoughts about Thoughts about Diagrams | August 17, 2000 | “How is using diagrams related to things that happen inside our heads? This paper presents a survey of the empirical and theoretical research that has investigated these processes. It considers the origins, interpretation and manipulation of diagrams, with the structure of each topic presented in diagrammatic form.”

Don Norman on Edward Tufte | August 6, 2000 | On ACM SIGCHI WWW Human Factors: “Not enough controversy on this list, so here goes. Ready? Tufte understands packing the data in. He lacks an understanding of people. Sometimes chart junk (his term) helps in the understanding of a chart by providing mnemonic aid to the symbols. Sometimes it helps motivate the reader. For most casual users of charts and graphs, less is better. For the professional statistician, such as Tufte, denser is better. Tufte is often wrong about what constitutes good communication...” Thanks InfoDesign.

Gallery of Data Visualization | July 24, 2000 | “This Gallery of Data Visualization displays some examples of the Best and Worst of Statistical Graphics, with the view that the contrast may be useful, inform current practice and provide some pointers to both historical and current work. We go from what is arguably the best statistical graphic ever drawn, to the current record-holder for the worst.” Read this! Includes these examples as well: Historical milestones, The Lie Factor, Bright ideas, Goosed-Up Graphics, Graphical Excellence, Missed Opportunities, Visual delights and Context: Compared to What?

Business 2.0: Xplanations | June 21, 2000 | “Xplanations are graphics that convert complicated ideas into easy-to-follow images.”

Nigel Holmes | June 6, 2000 | Explanation graphics. Not much stuff here yet...

INFORMATION GRAPHICS | Dec 9, 1999 | This is one of the coolest links from yesterday's 'The Visual Telling of Stories' entry. It's “the beginning of a dictionary of the different ways in which information is communicated to members of the public.”

eGroups/infographics | Dec 4, 1999 | Discussion on the design of diagrams, maps, charts and graphs.

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