Thursday, August 29, 2013

The confederacy of visual truth-tellers

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My third long-form article about infographics, data-driven journalism, and visualization, has just been published by Peachpit. Here's its abstract:

"Big media is fading and, with it, the way in which society has traditionally informed itself about relevant issues. Alberto Cairo, author of The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization, discusses whether a new generation of small, creative, candid, and committed teams of visual communicators will become effective watchdogs for our future."

I hope you'll like it. If you want to read the previous articles in the series, here you have the direct links:

1. Emotional Data Visualization: Periscopic's "U.S. Gun Deaths" and the Challenge of Uncertainty

Heroes of Visualization: John Snow, H.W. Acland, and the Mythmaking Problem

I'm currently working on the fourth one, which may be related to ethics. We'll see. It may take a while to finish it, as I'm trying to schedule at least one day a week to work on the next book, and these articles are demanding. But I enjoy writing them a lot, so I cannot complain.