4: Historical and Contemporary Visualisation Methods – Part 2


Why Visualise

  • Help gain insight and understanding in complex issues
  • Data needs to have a range of scientific sources to back up theories
  • Text tables are difficult to compare as it requires a lot of remembering
  • A chart allows you to view the overall design without thinking much. It also allows you to see trends
  • With a mass amount of information in a graph, you can view a general pattern
  • You can also find stories from these charts. For e.g. the variables that cause change such as;
    • Weather
    • Wealth
    • Location
    • Cost
  • Need to convince people or present information to convince themselves
  • Key: Readers meed to be presented with enough information to do their own interpretations and find own meaning
When Sea Levels Attack! (D. McCandless, 2014)
This example explores how a story is created by utilising the axes and colour to represent an underwater environment. This graph incorporate a clear data source.


This lecture pod, I felt did not contain as much information as ‘Part 1’, however it explored WHY we visualise which is essential in understanding how we perceive information. It shows that it is to present complex information in a simpler manner, that is backed up with research to ensure validity, and allows the readers to depict stories and patterns.

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