Virtual Worlds

Virtual worlds are serious business. Their use in companies is still rather limited but very promising. They are used to host shareholder meeting (like ArcelorMittal), sell virtual goods and share knowledge. This last aspect is thus far greatly neglected but visualizing information and knowledge in group has the potential to make the collaboration more focused,Continue reading “Virtual Worlds”

Visual communication across cultures

As the (business) world becomes more and more flat (Friedman, 2006, p. 376), visual communication can be particularly helpful for getting a message across various cultures, thanks to its ability to convey a message with symbols and pictograms that can be – often – universally understood. However, the impact of cultural differences on visualization interpretationContinue reading “Visual communication across cultures”

Knowledge visualization with a Group Support System

This image is the result of using visualization to share knowledge in class. I’ve used lets-focus, a business mapping software, over a network. Master students were working in groups; each group had a laptop with the (empty) template above – called perspective diagram. They were asked to brainstorm on the topic of Visualization for Presentations:Continue reading “Knowledge visualization with a Group Support System”

Mapping the difference between science and faith

This is an interesting application of the flowchart to try to explain deep philosophical issues. It’s thought provoking, indeed it has received a number of divergent comments on other blogs. It is quite arguably an oversemplification of reality, however it serves the purpose of conveying instantly the difference between the two domains. A version 2.0Continue reading “Mapping the difference between science and faith”

Knowledege visualization of muslim scientific heritage

I found this interesting cartographic knowledge visualization in Jamae mosque in Singapore. In this mosque, located in Chinatown, they make a great use of visualizations for illustrating concepts and information about the Islamic world and religion principles. It is certainly an interesting place to visit to learn more about Islamic religion: they offer pamphlets onContinue reading “Knowledege visualization of muslim scientific heritage”

Data Visualization tools

A recent post on O’Reily media RIA’s blog portraits  a useful collection of 28 data visualization software. It seems that different industries are employing diverse tools for the same goal of visualizing rich data, from very fancy like anychart and axiis, to powerful applications supporting millions of data-points like chronoscope.

Cross-cultural differences in symbols

At the moment I am in Singapore conducting cross-cultural research on visualization, and -beside experimenting – I’ve also been hunting for differences in the use of visualization around the city. Despite Singapore is quite western, and English is the major language, I noticed a consistent use of visualization on packaging instructions and posters explaining rulesContinue reading “Cross-cultural differences in symbols”

Information visualization on BBC

The BBC magazine recently featured an article about how information visualization is becoming a serious business to overcome information overload and help readers understand information more easily. The article shows beautiful infovis examples by David McCandless, author of the book “Information is Beautiful” which will be published in February by Collins in UK.

Hans Rosling amazing graphic animations

TED talks are often good examples of the use of graphics and visualization to convey concepts and engage the public. I believe Hans Roseling always gives remarkable and fascinating talks thanks to the passion he puts in the story telling and -of course- to the great graphics! He shows complex historical data with  gapminder, aContinue reading “Hans Rosling amazing graphic animations”