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The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1830–33)

The Great Wave off Kanagawa

A metaphor on the diversity of visualization

Manuel Lima
Nov 11, 2014 · 5 min read
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Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (富嶽三十六景)
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One of the many absorbing charts created by The Internet Mapping Project, an initiative started by Bell Labs in 1998, with the goal of tracing Internet topological data over a long period of time.
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Thirty-six Views of the Internet — from VisualComplexity.com (2014)
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The winning entry of the Visualizing.org challenge: Macrometeorites by Roxana Torre
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Compilation of 30 entries submitted to the Visualizing Meteorites challenge organized by Visualizing.org.

Avoiding Uniformity

The examples used here show us how any given topic can be interpreted in multiple ways, or as I would put it, should be deciphered in multiple ways. In a time where visualization tools are becoming increasingly popular and democratized, we should always be aware of the danger of tunnel vision and the overreliance on a single snapshot, as the only viewpoint on a given subject. Many of the inherent complexities of the modern world can hardly be understood through a single model — there are simply too many interdependent and interconnected variables. It is only by a collective set of diverse models and approaches that we can truly grasp its indiscernible facets.

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