When you work with data visualizations all day every day, it is very easy to end up in a relationship with them (some relationships are smoother than others). And because today is Valentine’s Day, I asked the data visualization lovers around me at the UNC Charlotte Vis Center and Visual.ly what makes data visualizations so attractive to them. In no particular order, here are some of the things we love about our field of work.
Data visualization can make connections easier to understand. Like this interactive visualization of the relationships between high-rank executives and board members in corporate America.
It can be incredibly beautiful. Just look at this visualization of the relationship between research publications through their use of citations.
It lets you explore data that would otherwise be just a collection of tables, numbers and words. Would you rather read a lengthy article ranking countries on a variety of health, education and economic factors, or look at this interactive visualization on the topic?
It makes hidden structures visible. Just look at this interactive visualization of the Article for Deletion discussions in the English Wikipedia.
It is mostly a universal language. Whether you speak English, Spanish or Urdu, you will understand this visualization of a galloping horse just the same.
Graphics offer instant gratification. Like this interactive visualization of the mood of people in photographs from the Guardian’s 24 Hours in Pictures, or any other website you choose to break down… emotionally, that is.
Data visualization a right-brained thing… used in fields once dominated by left-brained people.