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The future of visualization

What’s the difference between a “visualization” and a “picture”? Lots, according to Greg Smith in an article he wrote for Science Blogs:

Michelle Borkin is astute in recognizing the manner in which information visualization can collapse the distinction between disciplines. Borkin notes that reading visual representations of star formation and human disease are not unlike exercises as MRI and telescope data are similar in terms of “format, size and noise.” Similar overlaps occur in representing other fields and visualization is not necessarily tied to the standard operating procedure associated with a specific domain. To the visualization jockey, a network diagram is a network diagram – at least at a schematic level. If the focus is connectivity amongst users of a social web platform or the labyrinthine management structure of a sprawling multinational, the approach could be identical. With this in mind I’ve curated a selection of projects that build bridges between fields. These will be spread out over two posts with the first being recent work and the second highlighting some information visualization classics, so without further ado…

Read on to see the best and the brightest ideas in visualization.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.