a life of coding

Friday, August 03, 2007

A Visualization of Visualizations

You really need to see this one first hand, so check it out.


  • Thanks, that's a really nice article. But it leaves me wondering what I would do with my life once I've achieved the most insightful visualization techniques. What would I visualize, and why bother? And once I accomplish this unknown visualization, what do I do next? Progressivly visualize less and less interesting things until the list is all done?

    Will that get me the stone manor hall, with the enourmous fireplace at the end, and the banners hanging from the beams across the ceiling, with walls lined with audioanimatronic trophy heads, that sing to me?

    Or what about the automated aquaponic garden that grows fish and rice, and pops out fresh sushi rolls on demand?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 8/4/07 9:52 PM  

  • Design does not pay for stone manors. It's a form of art, and everyone has a different level of appreciation of it. There aren't too many wealthy artists out there.

    And fear not, you'll never create the "best" visualization, because there is none. Any kind of visualization makes a particular argument, so there are as many different visualizations as there are arguments.

    If you could write a program to produce the best visualization given a piece of data, you would have succeeded in creating AI. It would also be smarter than most people, who tend to visualize data by dumping numbers into a line graph in Excel.

    By Blogger ynniv, At 8/5/07 1:28 AM  

  • I see, visualization as a form of art. That's a very good way to look at it. Maybe like this from here.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 8/5/07 11:51 AM  

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