Exploring the hidden costs of taxonomic thinking

Marie Antoinetwork and other art by Hajra Meeks.

Learning data visualization, teaching data visualization, and evaluating data visualization tools have one thing in common: long lists of different kinds of charts. Depending on the mode you’re in, these chart lists define what you don’t know yet, what your students need…


Visualization touches every part of the modern business.

Illustrations by Hajra Meeks.

Everywhere you look today, and especially in a data-driven organization, you’ll find data visualization. Data visualization is key to how modern companies create impact. It’s built into every tool and workflow. It’s an important part of the job not just for data engineers, data scientists and…


From our president to our clothes to our books, this year showed that Dataviz has become an integral part of modern culture

There’s always something going on in the field of data visualization but until recently it was only something that people in the field noticed. To the outside world, beyond perhaps an occasional Amazing Map®, Tufte workshop or funny pie chart, these trends are invisible. …


TLDR: We all need more time.

In 2017 and 2018 I ran an exhaustive survey of the data visualization community to try to better understand the trends and issues that were most important to our community. …


Understanding how precision and accuracy are competing goals in data visualization

You think you’re reading an essay. You’re not. You’re moving through a funnel. This shouldn’t surprise you. You’ve been moving through funnels all day. This funnel is a pretty simple one. You ended up on Medium somehow, you got to this essay, you’ve read this far. …


You may not have noticed, but our publication has a new name and a new look! …


Out on twitter — right now! — a beautiful thing is happening. It’s a twitter-based simulation of being Beyoncé’s assistant, dealing with problems like the singer’s dress getting crinkled and events like Beyoncé showing up festooned with bangs.


Data Visualization as a way of deriving meaning

When I was young, I was a voracious reader. Fantasy and science fiction, essays, role-playing game manuals, philosophy, history, news, culture, you name it. I was in the honors program at a Jesuit college where I majored in ethics and ancient history. …


Or how I painted Easter Eggs for the Data Visualization Society

The Data Visualization Society (DVS) has been around for three months and already has over 5000 members. One of the features of the organization is that each member is given a data-driven badge based on their responses to a survey gauging their proficiency in aspects of data visualization grouped into…


În ultimii câțiva ani, vizualizările de date au devenit din ce în ce mai frecvente în viețile noastre cotidiene. Le vedem în articole de presă, pe rețelele de socializare, și mulți dintre noi, în fiecare zi la lucru. Munca de a creea și a folosi vizualizări nu se limitează la…

Elijah Meeks

Chief Visualization Officer at Noteable. Formerly Apple, Netflix, Stanford. Wrote D3.js in Action, Semiotic. Ex-Data Visualization Society Executive Director

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