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I got back from Strata a few weeks ago. (you'll see the talks on the site - it was a very good conference)
My one criticism was that there was too much 'tracked' specialism sessions - not enough 'why are we doing this?' sessions.
One of the best talks bemoaned all the trivial visualisation out there. Trivial.
It's a good word. It doesn't judge on form or usability. It judges on usefulness.
I agree. Most new visualisations stuff is lame. It's some random data source coloured in a bit. It looks nice and is well designed but So What?
It's why most visualisation blogs suck - there is no content - no critique and nothing to say - just look at the shapes like stunned children.
One might argue that these are all just basic maps made by the early explorers of the world-of-data - works-in-progress, made to figure out the world, thinking by drawing, that combined will point the way to true discovery.
Or you could argue that they are trivial.
I'll be exploring this more in the next few weeks. There is useful stuff out there and I'm going to find it.