What is visualization research? What should it be?

Jessica Hullman
Nov 13, 2018 · 6 min read
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A bar chart (left) and a revision that maximizes the data ink ratio per Tufte’s advice (right; from Few 2009). Does it really help to omit the axes lines and bar marks?

What does visualization research actually cover?

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Caption: Encodings test in Cleveland & McGill’s graphical perception study.
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Rule Matrix, A pipeline for creating a rule-based explanation interface (left); Seq2Seq-Vis (right).
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Parallelism in sequencing in the NYTʼs “Copenhagen: Emissions, Treaties, and Impacts: Possible Impacts” interactive (left; Hullman et al. 2013); Lyra interface

What should visualization research be about?

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Multiple Views: Visualization Research Explained

A blog about visualization research, for anyone, by the…

Jessica Hullman

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Assistant Professor, Computer Science (and Journalism!) at Northwestern University. I research data visualization and the communication of uncertainty.

Multiple Views: Visualization Research Explained

A blog about visualization research, for anyone, by the people who do it. Edited by Jessica Hullman, Danielle Szafir, Robert Kosara, and Enrico Bertini

Jessica Hullman

Written by

Assistant Professor, Computer Science (and Journalism!) at Northwestern University. I research data visualization and the communication of uncertainty.

Multiple Views: Visualization Research Explained

A blog about visualization research, for anyone, by the people who do it. Edited by Jessica Hullman, Danielle Szafir, Robert Kosara, and Enrico Bertini

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