Archive for October 2008
Like most people, I love the efficiencies technology creates. The DVR/Tivo, Google and Microsoft Office are obvious examples of time saving technologies.
But I take for granted how much time the elegant display of information saves me.
Think about how efficient it is to look at GOOG on stock chart and quickly be able to determine if the stock is up or down for the year. How is it performing in the last month? How does it compare to the S&P 500 etc..? 10 minutes of price history analysis for a specific stock can be summarized in 1 second with a simple line chart.
Unfortunately, information visualization has not kept up with the ever increasing amount of information. I am currently trying to find something beyond a set of chart controls that we can use on our current project.
I am hopeful that new innovations in information display will come along now that we are not limited to paper. One of my favorite examples of a new type of visualization is the animated map that tracks Wal-Mart’s growth overtime.
Do you know of a product that goes beyond charts, meters and maps? As they say a picture is worth a thousand words.