The New Data Visualization: This is Not Your Father’s Pie Chart
Part 1 Beginning to Understand Methods
What is Data Visualization
While there are a few different schools of thought on what Data Visualization really is, ranging anywhere from Excel spreadsheets to 3-foot-long Infographics, in general, it is the practice of turning raw, abstract data into usable, visual information via charts, graphs, and pictures. We all know the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” In Data Visualization we transform abstract information into visual stories and clues that align with the powers of human perception and understanding. We play to the way our brains are wired to work most efficiently and, in effect, we turn a thousand words, or numbers, into knowledge representation.