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Books of Interest


(In no particular order)


Additional Readings


  1. Brehmer M, Sedlmair M, Ingram S, Munzner T. Visualizing Dimensionally-reduced Data: Interviews with Analysts and a Characterization of Task Sequences. Proc. Beyond Time & Errors: Novel Evaluation Methods For Information Visualization (BELIV) 2014. p. 1–8.
  2. Borland D, Taylor MR. Rainbow color map (still) considered harmful. IEEE computer graphics and applications. 2007 Mar;27(2):14–7.
  3. Christensen DL, Baio J, Van Naarden Braun K, Bilder D, Charles J, Constantino JN, et al. Prevalence and Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years–Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2012. MMWR Surveillance summaries : Morbidity and mortality weekly report Surveillance summaries / CDC. 2016 Apr 1;65(3):1–23.
  4. Cleveland WS, McGill R. Graphical Perception: Theory, Experimentation, and Application to the Development of Graphical Methods. Journal of the American Statistical Association. 1984;79(387):531–54.
  5. Cleveland WS, Diaconis P, McGill R. Variables on Scatterplots Look More Highly Correlated When the Scales Are Increased. Science; 1982;216(4550):1138–41.
  6. Dörk M, Feng P, Collins C, Carpendale S. Critical InfoVis: exploring the politics of visualization. Proc. ‘CHI 2013.
  7. Elliott, K. “39 studies about human perception in 30 minutes”; presented at OpenVis 2016.
  8. Heer J, Bostock M. Crowdsourcing graphical perception: using mechanical turk to assess visualization design. ACM CHI ‘10; 2010. p. 203–12.
  9. Kosara R. An Empire Built On Sand: Reexamining What We Think We Know About Visualization. in the Proceedings of the Sixth Workshop on Beyond Time and Errors on Novel Evaluation Methods for Visualization (BELIV ‘16) 2016. p. 162–8.
  10. Krzywinski M, Altman N. Points of significance: error bars. Nat Meth. Nature Research; 2013 Oct;10(10):921–2. 
  11. Krzywinski M, Altman N. Visualizing samples with box plots. Nat Meth. 2014 Feb;11(2):119–20.
  12. Shneiderman B. Research agenda: Visual overviews for exploratory search. Information Seeking Support Systems. 2008;11:4. 
  13. Sedlmair M, Meyer M, Munzner T. Design Study Methodology: Reflections from the Trenches and the Stacks. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. 2012 Dec;18(12):2431–40.
  14. Sedlmair M, Tatu A, Munzner T, Tory M. A Taxonomy of Visual Cluster Separation Factors. Computer Graphics Forum. 2012;31(3pt4):1335–44. 
  15. Sedlmair M, Munzner T, Tory M. Empirical Guidance on Scatterplot and Dimension Reduction Technique Choices. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. 2013 Dec;19(12):2634–43.
  16. Weissgerber TL, Milic NM, Winham SJ, Garovic VD. Beyond bar and line graphs: time for a new data presentation paradigm. PLoS Biol. Public Library of Science; 2015 Apr;13(4):e1002128.

Blog posts, etc.

  1. The Why Axis’s “Mind the Gap: An Economic Chart Remake”, by Jon Schwabish
  2. Notes on the Arabic FedEx logo.
  3. Jenny Cham’s delightful “sketchnotes” from a 2014 seminar by the incomparable Tamara Munzner.
  4. Randy Olson’s illustration of Small Multiples vs. Animated GIFs.
  5.’s Color Emotion Guide
  6. I am very interested in William Playfair and the history of data visualization:
  7. Neil Richards, When is a visualisation a call to action?
  8. Carl Zimmer (yes, the Carl Zimmer) on genome graphs: As DNA reveals its secrets, scientists are assembling a new picture of humanity, with numerous examples of creative new ways to visualize genetic variation.
  9. Ben Jones, “From Simple Tables to Multiple Vizzes”: an illustration of ten different ways to visualize the same table. What different stories pop out from the different visualizations?
  10. Kristoffer Magnusson, How to tell when error bars correspond to a significant p-value
  11. Kyle Walker, Should you visualize data with a map or a chart? Thoughts from teaching introductory geography
  12. Lazaro Gamio (Washington Post), Election maps are telling you big lies about small things
  13. Cartonerd, The NYT election map
  14., Why we didn’t use a cartogram in the Brexit map
  15. Benjamin Hennig, Cartogram Special – Brexit
  16. Tom Pearson (Financial Times), Communicating with data — How the FT explained Brexit: “From early sketch to final dashboard, FT data visualisation experts explain the process”

Websites of Note