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Is Data Visualization Art?

Is Data Visualization Art? | e-Xploration | Scoop.it

Data Visualization is driven by data. Its form is often derived from optimizing the efficiency of inputting data (and information about that data) into a human brain. It is a very pragmatic practice, built around numbers and logic.


And yet it is beautiful. It evokes emotions. It can be aesthetically pleasing, or hideous. It communicates complex concepts and provokes thought. It is consumed for enjoyment. Some visualizations even share similarities with poetry.

There are several stages in the life cycle of data visualizations, and while the core of the practice is driven by rational thinking, any number of stages in the process have opportunities for subjective decisions or artistic interpretations...


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, January 24, 2013 7:42 PM

An overview of the creative and artistic processes involved in data visualization...

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Latest Creative Infographic Trends: a visualization gallery

Latest Creative Infographic Trends: a visualization gallery | e-Xploration | Scoop.it

Infographics have become very famous the past years, and there have been have been numerous examples and posts showcasing inspiring and creative infographics related to certain topics across the internet.

 

This particular collection of designs includes 10 infographics that are not all focused on a specific niche subject, though they can all serve as examples of creative visualizations and innovative ways to convey information. Hopefully they will help inform or provide inspiration for any potential new and developing data visualization projects you may be working on...


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Data Visualization: Communication & Creativity

Data Visualization: Communication & Creativity | e-Xploration | Scoop.it

Visual communication skills are alien to some in the research industry, but they needn’t be. Data visualisation can become part of the research process through smart hiring, skills training and expert partnerships.


Data visualisation should not be regarded as an end in itself; the real point to data visualisation - the value that it brings to research buyers and suppliers - is as an aid to storytelling. It’s about seeing the patterns in the data that flush out a story and then help you to start telling that story. Only by doing that can you move data off the spreadsheet and out into the real world of consumer behaviour and preferences.

The best analogy and the one used frequently, is with journalism. It’s no surprise either that many great examples of data visualisation come from the publishing and media sectors. Journalists face the same challenge that we do of sifting large amounts of often conflicting data to arrive at a truth or an insight...


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, January 8, 2013 4:23 PM

An interesting look at the current role of data visualization and data journalism in the advancement of research, communication, and brand development.

Scott Turner's curator insight, January 9, 2013 8:31 AM

An interesting look at the current role of data visualization and data journalism in the advancement of research, communication, and brand development.