Data Visualization is the visual expression of information and data.
Writers, speakers, symbol analysts . . . engage in data visualization when they compose
Writers present information visually in order to show rather than tell. Why?
At a glance, Data Visualizations enable writers to identify patterns in data and better understand relationships
Key Words: Design; Visual Literacy
A data visualization presents numeric or statistical data in a visual format. You’re probably so familiar with the most common types of data visualizations — charts, tables, and graphs — that you may not even think of them as a special type of visual communication.
There are many ways to visualize data and information. See, for instance, Ralph Lengler and Martin J. Eppler’s Periodic Table of Visualization Methods for a brilliant categorization scheme.
|Examples of Data Visualizations|
|Information Is Beautiful’s Data Visualizations page presents brilliant data visualizations that make it easier for readers to make sense of facts and figures.|
|Lenger and Eppler’s Periodic Table of Data Visualization Methods includes examples of a far broader range of strategies for visualizing data.|