What is data visualization? Sebastien Pierre of FFunction (based in Montreal, Quebec) provides an interesting Venn-like visualization that encapsulates the constituent parts. His central thesis? Visualization is, at its inception, a game of journalism. Ask questions of the data. Begin with a robust set and a strong analysis. Craft a story around the knowledge that the data imparts and its connection to the people consuming the information. Finally, build a visualization that fits the story; choose to employ interactivity when appropriate. Maintain simplicity, informativeness, and relevance.
As expected, the visualization itself – a meta-visualization, if you will – does a fine job of telling this story, Click on the image to enlarge it.