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Data Visualization: 3 Questions for Passing the Eye Candy Test


Everyone is talking about data visualization. Business users and analysts want to (literally) see insights into their data, and visualizations are a method to immediately and visually communicate information. A well-designed, meaningful visualization delivers insight into data at a glance through the careful distillation of images, color and design. It’s intuitive, and it’s easy: It doesn’t just give you the data you need, it shows you, visually, what you are looking for. For the business user, this is fantastic – it’s fast, it’s informative and it’s valuable.

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Comments (1)
Data visualization is part art and part science. As with any science it can greatly assist in knowledge transfer and support innovation or it can be misused and possibly create inappropriate actions or assumptions based upon information derived from incomplete data, incorrect logic and even biasness. I love hearing/seeing various ways people are visualizing data. Some even visualize "data visualization methods" in thought provoking ways. See http://www.visual-literacy.org/periodic_table/periodic_table.html for one example.

T. Carson

Posted by Carson F | Wednesday, July 09 2014 at 6:09PM ET
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