The Vast Potential for New Text Visualizations

Richard Brath
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More data is text than quantitative. Beyond the current standard visualization techniques, so much more is feasible looking across domains and history. Designers, computer scientists and analysts of texts need an expanded visualization vocabulary. This talk will illustrate the breadth of design possibilities for using text with visualizations. First, the design space is defined by a review of historic exemplars. Then, using this new design space, text and typography are used to create new kinds of visualization techniques, such as alphanumeric charts, microtext lines, high-dimensional sets, quantitative sentences, and skimmable narratives. Examples will be from the forthcoming book Visualizing with Text to be published in late 2020.