Caught in my Visualization Dragnet

Some recent catches from around the web this past week or so that are worth reading, saving, bookmarking, tweeting and/or liking.

VisWeek 2012 is going on right now in Seattle. Martin Krzywinski created a poster outlining best practices for biology and bioinformatics researchers, though I’m sure the principles apply to other disciplines visualizing large data sets as well.

Visualization of Large Data Sets – 20 Imperatives of Information Design

Michael Babwahsinh has been writing some great articles about visual thinking. His most recent, Putting Visual Thinking to Work is a good read.

Alberto Cairo’s six-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about infographics and data visualization through the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas starts on October 28. I was one of the lucky 2,000 to get signed up for this course early enough before they had to put a cap on the number of participants. The course has a lot of required reading, video lectures, software tutorials, but Cairo has compiled an additional set of recommended materials. A great resource for anybody interested in visual thinking.

Recommended Reading list for Alberto Cairo’s Infographics and visualization course

Kim Reese of Portland data visualization firm Periscopic recently spoke at the O’Reilly Strata Conference in London. Her talk, “The Dirty Truth about Data Literacy” provides some interesting history of visualizations and commentary about data literacy. I got a kick out of her Doers vs Donters contrasting the likes of Minard, Playfair and Venn to the likes of Tufte and Few.

Kim Reese Strata Conference Keynote – The Dirty Truth about Data Literacy