Look down the datascope

Maarten Lambrechts has a great post over at his blog. It’s all about interactive dataviz, regarding it as a datascope, that – like a telescope – lets you look deep into the data and see stuff you couldn’t otherwise. You must read it! But just to give you the punchline:

A good datascope

  1. unlocks a big amount of data
  2. for everyone
  3. with intuitive controls
  4. of which changes are immediately represented by changes in the visual output
  5. that respects the basic rules of good data visualization design
  6. and goes beyond what can be done with static images.

Maybe I should add a 7th rule: a facet or view of the datascope should be saveable and shareable.

Thanks to Diego Kuonen for sharing on Twitter


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