The Eye of the Beholder is Only Half the Equation

17 03 2008

A New Perspective on Data Through Visualization Tools

The essence of the adage, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, is that every individual has a unique perspective. Extending the message, we can safely say that everything is dependent on the perception of the individual; however the individual is only 50% of the equation for not everything is static.

Data in its most basic form is a series of static numbers and observations; however, when parsed through data visualization tools the data can become far more. For geeks like me, it even has a certain beauty to it.

Inspiration, creativity, and eureka moments have a greater chance of occurring when you approach a problem from as many perspectives as possible, and also mold the object being observed.



Keep pushing yourself to explore additional perspectives and check out this list of really cool data visualization tools to spark the next big idea. Also check out this site that hosts a number of damn cool examples.

If this is a topic that is of interest, check out the currently running ‘Design and the Elastic Mind’ exhibit running at MoMA. Phenomenal exhibit across the board, but the data visualization component is hypnotic.

Finally, Hans Rosling is the ultimate data molder, and can do far more justice to this topic than I. Check out this video from TED talks. It will blow you away.