The History of Data Visualization [Infographic]

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posted by Danh Vo
on Sep 15, 2015

If you give a child some crayons, he will return a colorful picture, but if you give a data specialist some crayons, maybe he will turn it into graphs. Even if you are struggling with assignments at school or you want to make your presentation attractive and interesting, you may want to consider some visual choices for the information.


Nowadays, data visualization has become part of everyone’s life, and even if you deny it or not, you still see it everyday. Starting from wall paintings representing daily lives of the Neanderthals, data visualization has evolved along with human kind’s development. The growth is rapid though, and if you are not working much with data, you may miss some points. Everyone knows what a bar chart is (if you don’t, simply create one in Word), but only some of them have heard the term “tag cloud”, and only a few experiences 3D printing. With the world constantly changing and changing everyday, apparently this will not be the last checkpoint.

Computer science and information technology surely helps to boost the accretion of graphical means of representing data, and it all starts with two simple numbers: 0 and 1. With the ambition of exploring the world and utilizing our lives to the fullest, scientist has been working hard to create machines handling the input data and presenting it in various visual ways, from black-and-white screen to portable colorful notebooks and tablets. And hey, did I mention iPad Pro with a pencil?

Without any doubt, the journey of data visualization is full of milestones and remarkable inventions, so it would be hard for one to learn all the stuffs in just a day. Our talented designer Danh Vo has done you a favor by aggregating information sources and transforming it into one incredible infographic (which is ironically one kind of data visualization). Studies show that 70% of the information are captured with the eyes, so this well-crafted graphical representation will help you understand the overview of what we can use to illustrate boring stuffs. Warning: you may want to grab some crayons after reading this.


Enjoy the infographic and have fun with your charts!