I know everyone is starting to wind down for the festive holidays and the last thing you might want to do is give your mind a challenge but check out this periodic table of visualisation methods taken from an e-learning tutorial on visualisation for communication, engineering and business. You can hover over lots of fascinating looking diagrams and techniques for better visualising data – here’s a more traditional looking list of the methods in the table.
Towards a Periodic Table of Visualization Methods for Management was presented by Lengler R., Eppler M. (2007) in IASTED Proceedings at the Conference on Graphics and Visualization in Engineering (GVE 2007), Clearwater, Florida, USA.
‘Being a data detective and seeking out hidden patterns can be lots of fun’ is something that David McCandless mentions in his TED talk of 2010 The beauty of data visualization. It would be great to see these methods used more and more in business discussions and organisational planning as well as market research and project evaluation. Instead of your clients or employees being told what the data is they can see it and get inside the whole picture to see what the causes and effects are. I bet it would be a lot more memorable for them.
‘Data can change your perspective and change your mind midstream’ is another point that David McCandless makes – try it out for your business when you have a spare moment, take some of your data and think about how it might look as a diagram that can encourage a greater understanding of where your business is at the moment. Just don’t try getting your diagrams out at the christmas dinner table others may not be so impressed that you’re not able to leave your mind to rest over a public holiday!