I found this article interesting about an early use of visual mapping for data mining to achieve new insights and knowledge. Actually, the very FIRST use.
Read the Fast Company piece about Francis Walker who put together the first statistical atlas in 1874. Hey it got him a job as president of MIT, so it must have been impressive...
Companies invest a lot in their technology. Often overlooked is the more important role individual employees have in embracing (or rejecting) the process change that often accompanies new technology investments.
For Hoffman Construction, a visual approach enabled leadership to convey the crucial benefits that would follow a series of technology investments. This led to greater employee understanding and acceptance of change.
Some of the original presentation slides focused on benefits as items Read more
Here's a good German interview with an Italian information graphic designer. He's the art director for IL- Intelligence in Lifestyle and has received many awards for his work, linked below for your perusal.
Francesco Franchi: On Visual Storytelling and New Languages in Journalism from Gestalten on Vimeo.
Link to additional work by Francesco.
Research from Dartmouth and Georgia State suggests graphs are more likely to change stubborn minds than text alone. The research looked into why, when the facts prove reality, people will still reject the truth when it differs from their tightly held beliefs. Can graphs help change their minds? Yes!
The editor at Fast Company goes on to suggest that if you are willing to lie and represent a falsehood visually people will believe that as well. True, but not the intent of the originally researchers. Read more