Synopses & Reviews
Visualization is the graphic presentation of data -- portrayals meant to reveal complex information at a glance. Think of the familiar map of the New York City subway system, or a diagram of the human brain. Successful visualizations are beautiful not only for their aesthetic design, but also for elegant layers of detail that efficiently generate insight and new understanding.
This book examines the methods of two dozen visualization experts who approach their projects from a variety of perspectives -- as artists, designers, commentators, scientists, analysts, statisticians, and more. Together they demonstrate how visualization can help us make sense of the world.
- Explore the importance of storytelling with a simple visualization exercise
- Learn how color conveys information that our brains recognize before we're fully aware of it
- Discover how the books we buy and the people we associate with reveal clues to our deeper selves
- Recognize a method to the madness of air travel with a visualization of civilian air traffic
- Find out how researchers investigate unknown phenomena, from initial sketches to published papers
Nick Bilton,Michael E. Driscoll,Jonathan Feinberg,Danyel Fisher,Jessica Hagy,Gregor Hochmuth,Todd Holloway,Noah Iliinsky,Eddie Jabbour,Valdean Klump,Aaron Koblin,Robert Kosara,Valdis Krebs,JoAnn Kuchera-Morin et al.,Andrew Odewahn,Adam Perer,Anders Persson,Maximilian Schich,Matthias Shapiro,Julie Steele,Moritz Stefaner,Jer Thorp,Fernanda Viegas,Martin Wattenberg,and Michael Young.
With contributions from more than two dozen visualization experts, Beautiful Visualization demonstrates how images can help you both detect and explain patterns. From a familiar map of the New York City subway system to a never-before-seen diagram of the human brain, this book will take you behind the scenes of cutting-edge design projects that depict the world around us in new ways.
Contributors include Gregor Hochmuth, Todd Holloway, Jonathan Feinberg, Andrew Vande Moere, Maximilian Schich, JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Michael E Driscoll, Matthias Shapiro, Valdis Krebs, Jer Thorp, Moritz Stefaner, and many more. Learn how sound can be combined with images to enhance the process of scientific inquiry See the connections between various U.S. senators and their recent voting decisions Understand how the books people choose to buy online tell us what social groups they are part of Learn how color reveals higher dimensions of data Explore the non-intuitive structures in curated databases
About the Author
Julie Steele is an Editor at O'Reilly currently working on titles related to Python, SQL, PHP, web frameworks and CMS, databases (relational and non-relational), big data and cloud computing, and data visualization. She's also interested in data transparency and open government, and recently completed a master's degree in political science at Rutgers University.
Noah Illinsky has spent the last several years thinking about effective approaches to creating diagrams and other types of information visualization. He also works in interface and interaction design, all from a functional and user-centered perspective. Before becoming a designer he was a programmer for several years. He has a master's in Technical Communication from the University of Washington, and a bachelor's in Physics from Reed College.
Table of Contents
Preface; How This Book Is Organized; Conventions Used in This Book; Using Code Examples; How to Contact Us; Safari® Books Online; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: On Beauty; 1.1 What Is Beauty?; 1.2 Learning from the Classics; 1.3 How Do We Achieve Beauty?; 1.4 Putting It Into Practice; 1.5 Conclusion; Chapter 2: Once Upon a Stacked Time Series; 2.1 Question + Visual Data + Context = Story; 2.2 Steps for Creating an Effective Visualization; 2.3 Hands-on Visualization Creation; 2.4 Conclusion; Chapter 3: Wordle; 3.1 Wordle's Origins; 3.2 How Wordle Works; 3.3 Is Wordle Good Information Visualization?; 3.4 How Wordle Is Actually Used; 3.5 Conclusion; 3.6 Acknowledgments; 3.7 References; Chapter 4: Color: The Cinderella of Data Visualization; 4.1 Why Use Color in Data Graphics?; 4.2 Luminosity As a Means of Recovering Local Density; 4.3 Looking Forward: What About Animation?; 4.4 Methods; 4.5 Conclusion; 4.6 References and Further Reading; Chapter 5: Mapping Information: Redesigning the New York City Subway Map; 5.1 The Need for a Better Tool; 5.2 London Calling; 5.3 New York Blues; 5.4 Better Tools Allow for Better Tools; 5.5 Size Is Only One Factor; 5.6 Looking Back to Look Forward; 5.7 New York's Unique Complexity; 5.8 Geography Is About Relationships; 5.9 Sweat the Small Stuff; 5.10 Conclusion; Chapter 6: Flight Patterns: A Deep Dive; 6.1 Techniques and Data; 6.2 Color; 6.3 Motion; 6.4 Anomalies and Errors; 6.5 Conclusion; 6.6 Acknowledgments; Chapter 7: Your Choices Reveal Who You Are: Mining and Visualizing Social Patterns; 7.1 Early Social Graphs; 7.2 Social Graphs of Amazon Book Purchasing Data; 7.3 Conclusion; 7.4 References; Chapter 8: Visualizing the U.S. Senate Social Graph (1991-2009); 8.1 Building the Visualization; 8.2 The Story That Emerged; 8.3 What Makes It Beautiful?; 8.4 And What Makes It Ugly?; 8.5 Conclusion; 8.6 References; Chapter 9: The Big Picture: Search and Discovery; 9.1 The Visualization Technique; 9.2 YELLOWPAGES.COM; 9.3 The Netflix Prize; 9.4 Creating Your Own; 9.5 Conclusion; 9.6 References; Chapter 10: Finding Beautiful Insights in the Chaos of Social Network Visualizations; 10.1 Visualizing Social Networks; 10.2 Who Wants to Visualize Social Networks?; 10.3 The Design of SocialAction; 10.4 Case Studies: From Chaos to Beauty; 10.5 References; Chapter 11: Beautiful History: Visualizing Wikipedia; 11.1 Depicting Group Editing; 11.2 History Flow in Action; 11.3 Chromogram: Visualizing One Person at a Time; 11.4 Conclusion; Chapter 12: Turning a Table into a Tree: Growing Parallel Sets into a Purposeful Project; 12.1 Categorical Data; 12.2 Parallel Sets; 12.3 Visual Redesign; 12.4 A New Data Model; 12.5 The Database Model; 12.6 Growing the Tree; 12.7 Parallel Sets in the Real World; 12.8 Conclusion; 12.9 References; Chapter 13: The Design of "X by Y"; 13.1 Briefing and Conceptual Directions; 13.2 Understanding the Data Situation; 13.3 Exploring the Data; 13.4 First Visual Drafts; 13.5 The Final Product; 13.6 Conclusion; 13.7 Acknowledgments; 13.8 References; Chapter 14: Revealing Matrices; 14.1 The More, the Better?; 14.2 Databases As Networks; 14.3 Data Model Definition Plus Emergence; 14.4 Network Dimensionality; 14.5 The Matrix Macroscope; 14.6 Reducing for Complexity; 14.7 Further Matrix Operations; 14.8 The Refined Matrix; 14.9 Scaling Up; 14.10 Further Applications; 14.11 Conclusion; 14.12 Acknowledgments; 14.13 References; Chapter 15: This Was 1994: Data Exploration with the NYTimes Article Search API; 15.1 Getting Data: The Article Search API; 15.2 Managing Data: Using Processing; 15.3 Three Easy Steps; 15.4 Faceted Searching; 15.5 Making Connections; 15.6 Conclusion; Chapter 16: A Day in the Life of the New York Times; 16.1 Collecting Some Data; 16.2 Let's Clean 'Em First; 16.3 Python, Map/Reduce, and Hadoop; 16.4 The First Pass at the Visualization; 16.5 Scene 1, Take 1; 16.6 Scene 1, Take 2; 16.7 The Second Pass at the Visualization; 16.8 Visual Scale and Other Visualization Optimizations; 16.9 Getting the Time Lapse Working; 16.10 So, What Do We Do with This Thing?; 16.11 Conclusion; 16.12 Acknowledgments; Chapter 17: Immersed in Unfolding Complex Systems; 17.1 Our Multimodal Arena; 17.2 Our Roadmap to Creative Thinking; 17.3 Project Discussion; 17.4 Conclusion; 17.5 References; Chapter 18: Postmortem Visualization: The Real Gold Standard; 18.1 Background; 18.2 Impact on Forensic Work; 18.3 The Virtual Autopsy Procedure; 18.4 The Future for Virtual Autopsies; 18.5 Conclusion; 18.6 References and Suggested Reading; Chapter 19: Animation for Visualization: Opportunities and Drawbacks; 19.1 Principles of Animation; 19.2 Animation in Scientific Visualization; 19.3 Learning from Cartooning; 19.4 Presentation Is Not Exploration; 19.5 Types of Animation; 19.6 Staging Animations with DynaVis; 19.7 Principles of Animation; 19.8 Conclusion: Animate or Not?; 19.9 Further Reading; 19.10 Acknowledgments; 19.11 References; Chapter 20: Visualization: Indexed.; 20.1 Visualization: It's an Elephant.; 20.2 Visualization: It's Art.; 20.3 Visualization: It's Business.; 20.4 Visualization: It's Timeless.; 20.5 Visualization: It's Right Now.; 20.6 Visualization: It's Coded.; 20.7 Visualization: It's Clear.; 20.8 Visualization: It's Learnable.; 20.9 Visualization: It's a Buzzword.; 20.10 Visualization: It's an Opportunity.; Contributors; Colophon;