Archive for October, 2011

VisWeek 2011 – Award-Worthy Visualization Research

Friday, October 28th, 2011

On Tuesday in this blog I expressed my frustration with VisWeek’s information visualization research awards process. I don’t want to leave you with the impression, however, that the state of information visualization research is bleak. Each year at VisWeek I find a few gems produced by thoughtful, well-trained information visualization researchers. They identified potentially worthy […]

VisWeek – What Constitutes the Best Research?

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

I’ve often complained that much information visualization research is poorly designed, produces visualizations that don’t work in the real world, or is squandered on things that don’t matter. To some degree this sad state of affairs is encouraged by the wayward values of many in the community. A glaring example of this is the “InfoVis […]

Report from VisWeek 2011: Is information visualization a science?

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Almost every year at VisWeek there is a panel, workshop, or presentation or two that asks the questions, “Is visualization a science?” or “Can we distinguish good visualizations from bad?” I’m frustrated by the fact that we still need to ask these questions. As the field of visualization continues to grow and struggles to mature, […]