Tag Archives: information graphic

Early information graphic pioneer

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...   Read more

Support employee understanding by making process changes visible

The interesting thing about process changes is that they don't stick if they're ignored. What's more, a business won't realize any value for their technical and strategic investments if they haven't factored in the talent required for success. If you want to get employees to rally behind a change the first step is to make sure they understand why change is needed. Adults are skeptical learners and quick to dismiss anything that isn't seen to have a big "what's in it for me?" payoff. As an example, Read more

New research on the efficiency of visual communications

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