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60 CommuniCations oF the aCm | APRIL 2011 | vOL. 54 | nO. 4 contributed articles
 

Summary: 60 CommuniCations oF the aCm | APRIL 2011 | vOL. 54 | nO. 4
contributed articles
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VISuAL communIcATIon VIA diagrams, sketches,
charts, photographs, video, and animation is
fundamental to the process of exploring concepts
and disseminating information. The most-effective
visualizations capitalize on the human facility for
processing visual information, thereby improving
comprehension, memory, and inference. Such
visualizations help analysts quickly find patterns
lurking within large data sets and help audiences
quickly understand complex ideas.
Over the past two decades a number of books10,15,18,23
have collected examples of effective visual displays.
One thing is evident from inspecting them: the best
are carefully crafted by skilled human designers.
Yet even with the aid of computers, hand-designing
effective visualizations is time-consuming and
requires considerable effort. More-

  

Source: Agrawala, Maneesh - Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California at Berkeley
O'Brien, James F. - Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California at Berkeley

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences