Art and Info Viz are not the same

I was talking with a labmate yesterday about the sorry state of information visualization, a topic we’re both very, very enthusiastic about. There have been great strides over the last few years in making data look great. For examples, just peruse the Infoshetics Blog. The problem, though, is that our understanding in how to make info visualizations which actually convey useful information and aide the viewer in making good decisions has not kept pace with the Art often called Information Visualization. It boils down to one thing: Art and Information Visualization are not the same. Read more