Other Infoviz Courses
- Previous version of this course, Spring 2008.
- Ostergren's class at U Washington iSchool, Spring 2010.
- Maneesh Agrawala's course in CS, Fall 2007.
- Munzner's class at UBC, 2006
- Stasko's class at Georgia Tech, 2010
- North's class at Virginia Tech, 2009
- Borner's class at IU, 2010
- Spoerri's class at Rutgers, 2009
- Brookes' class at UW, 2001
- Kobsa's class at UCI, 2002
Software and Tools
- Bonavista's Microcharts
- TreeMap software from UMD HCIL
- Thinkmap SDK, and some examples
- TreeMap software from the Hive Group (commercial product)
- The Infoviz Toolkit
- The ILOG Discovery Preview
- A set of 2D and 3D tools
- The Rivet Toolkit and the Polaris Project
- ManyEyes (use the software on site)
- Swivel (use the software on site)
Good books for further reading.
- Robert Spence, Information Visualization Pearson Education, 2000.
- Chaomei Chen, Information Visualisation and Virtual Environments, Springer Verlag, 1999.
Perceptual and Psychological PrinciplesI recommend Ware if you are interested in perceptual principles:
- Colin Ware, Information Visualization: Perception for Design, Morgan Kaufmann 2000.
- Stephen E. Palmer, Vision Science: Photons to Phenomenology , MIT Press, 1999.
- Stephen M. Kosslyn, Image and Mind , Harvard University Press, 1986.
Graphic Design in Infoviz
- Stephen Few's site, Perceptual Edge, as well as
his books, Show Me the Numbers and Information Dashboard
Design. We will use Now You See It as a textbook for this course.
- Edward Tufte, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Graphics Press, 1983.
- Edward Tufte, Envisioning Information, Graphics Press, 1990.
- Edward Tufte, Visual Explanations, Graphics Press, 1997.
- Edward Tufte,
Beautiful Evidence, Graphics Press, 2006.
Kosslyn is more like a cookbook or how-to guide and should be useful for people not very experienced with making graphs (although I think it is useful even if you are experienced; it puts a lot of your implicit knowledge explicitly in one place). Although it is light on the scientific justifications, it is written by a cognitive psychologist with considerable experience in the field.
- Stephen Kosslyn, Elements of Graph Design, W.H. Freeman & Co., 1993.
- Howard Wainer, How to Display Data Badly (Video) http://www.dartmouth.edu/~chance/ChanceLecture/AudioVideo.html
- Color Lovers How to choose and mix colors.
Information Visualization Research
This is the best compiled collection of readings, but it is out of date now:
- Stuart K. Card, Jock D. MacKinlay, Ben Shneiderman (Eds.) Readings in
Information Visualization : Using Vision to Think , Morgan Kaufmann
This is a new book. The advantage is that the chapters are available online if you access it using the UCB proxy. I haven't read any of the chapters yet:
Knowledge and Information Visualization: Searching for Synergies,
edited collection by Sigmar-Olaf Tergan, Tanja Keller, Springer
This is the best conference for Infoviz research results:
- Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization, 1995-present.
From campus machines you can access these online at
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org (Click on Conference Proceedings, then search on Visualization)
Some journals now have relevant results published:
- International Journal of Human Computer Studies, Special Issue on Empirical evaluation of information visualizations, Vol. 53, No. 5, November 1, 2000.
- Information Visualization (Journal), Published by Palgrave Macmillan A review of this journal.
- William S. Cleveland,
Elements of Graphing Data, Hobart Press,
- Jacques Bertin
Semiology of Graphics: Diagrams, Networks,
William Berg (Translator), University of Wisconsin Press, 1983 (out of print).
- Donis Dondis, A Primer of Visual Literacy, MIT Press, 1973.
- Infovis.net include a magazine called Inf@Vis
- Visual Complexity>, Visualizing Complex
- Atlas of Cyberspaces
A really big collection of interesting visualization links, especially maps, graphs, and landscapes.
- Jonathan Harris' site including WordCount (Zipf distribution demo).
- Visual Complexity Collection A unified view of many different network visualizations.
- Gallery of Data Visualization; The Best and Worst of Statistical Graphics
- UMD On-line Library of Information Visualization Environments
- Information Visualization Resources on the Web by Tamara Munzner
- Gallery of Visual Illusions
- InfoVis:Wiki project
- VisualComplexity.com Network Viz's
- Atlas of Cyberspaces
Interesting Visualizations(People who pointed these out to me appear in parentheses.)
- The John Edwards Policy Speech Map (Ryan Shaw)
- Secret Lives of Numbers by Golan Levin (Egon Pasztor)
- Visual Illusions and Movement (Shahar Maoz)
- Interactive depiction of distribution of democrat delegates (Maria Lawrence)
- TreeMaps applied to Online News (Mary Hodder)
Other ReadingsResearch papers by Michael Bernard on psychological factors in Web design
The Great Powerpoint Controversy:
Powerpoint Makes you Dumb
Wired Magazine Tufte elaborates
ADTMag has a counterargument
Dad vs. AOL (Jane Lee)