Illustration by Surasti Puri

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. Not so in 2019, where data visualization featured prominently in major news stories and key players in the field created work that didn’t just do well on Dataviz Twitter but all over.

2019 saw the United States President amend a data visualization product with a sharpie. That should have been enough to make 2019 special, but…


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. With the founding of the Data Visualization Society, I thought it made sense for that survey to pass over to the DVS so that it could be better designed and its responses better handled by a real organization, rather than a single individual.

The 2019 edition of the survey ran from May to June and received over 1350 responses. I’m happy to announce those responses have been cleaned up and…


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. Those are all steps on this funnel, it looks something like this:

A typical funnel diagram. It shows the number of visitors at each step with fewer and fewer visitors making it to the next step, thereby taking the shape of a funnel.

Funnels are interesting not only from the perspective of data visualization but also because they’re an important metaphor used to optimize your experience online. As a result, there are different ways that data visualization has been used to view funnels. Most of…


You may not have noticed, but our publication has a new name and a new look! We are now Nightingale, the Journal of the Data Visualization Society, and this change comes with a new partnership with Medium to provide us with increased reach and funding for our hard-working writers, editors and illustrators!

You can read more about our new publication and our goals here.

The name of our new publication comes from Florence Nightingale, whose work included significant use of data visualization in a variety of forms. In order to celebrate our new name and our new release, we commissioned…


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.

If the above link isn’t working click here to go to the tweet.

For those not in the know, this is what’s known as a Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA). The novel form of this was popular back in the 80s and early video games followed this pattern as well. In the current example, by picking a choice (the choices are presented…


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. Before I washed out of my PhD program without finishing my dissertation, I stacked another few dozen books and who knows how many papers on top of that.

And then it stopped. I stopped reading. I hardly read at all now. Not in a dystopian sense — so much of our media is text — but no novels…


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 broad categories of DATA (such as data processing), VISUALIZATION (such as design) and SOCIETY (such as project management). People really responded positively to these badges — posting them on social media and using them as avatars. …


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 o singură profesie, ea poate fi întâlnită în inginerie, în profesiile analitice, în domeniul vânzărilor sau al jurnalismului, precum și la designeri, medici, studenți și nu numai. …


english | عربي

En los últimos años, la popularidad de la visualización de datos ha crecido enormemente y se ha vuelto común en nuestra vida diaria. La vemos en las noticias, en las redes sociales y, en muchos casos, en nuestro día a día en el trabajo. El diseño y la implementación de visualización de datos no es una única profesión, sino una actividad que está presente en el trabajo de ingenieros, analistas, personal de ventas, periodistas, diseñadores, doctores, estudiantes, etc. …


espanol | عربي | Português | Română

Over the last few years, data visualization has grown dramatically more common in our day-to-day experience. We see it in our news articles, in our social media and, for many of us, every day at work. The task of designing, creating and deploying data visualization isn’t just a single profession but shows up in the work of engineers, analysts, salespeople, doctors, journalists, designers, students and more. …

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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