Information Visualization, Data Visualization

Data Visualization is the visual expression of information and data.

Writers, speakers, symbol analysts . . . engage in data visualization when they compose

  1. Charts, Figures, Graphs, & Tables
  2. Icons, Ideograms, Pictographs
  3. Illustrations
  4. Infographics

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; Semiotics; Visual Language; Visual Literacy

Writers, speakers, knowledge workers . . . consider design principles and design elements when they compose visual documents.

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.