My name is Susan Kistler and I am the Executive Director of the American Evaluation Association. An avid interest of mine is in data visualization – how to make data more accessible through graphical representation. Please note, the following represents my own interests and not an endorsement by AEA.
Hot Tip: Periodic Table of Visualization Methods: Stuck in a rut visualizing your data? Making so many pie charts you might as well be cooking Thanksgiving dinner? Check out the Periodic Table of Visualization Methods for great ideas on ways to visualize data. It offers approximately 100 examples of data visualization options, arranged thematically as a periodic table. Warning: a printed version doesn’t do this justice. Play with it online where you can mouse-over each cell in the periodic table and see an example to get the juices flowing. http://www.visual-literacy.org/periodic_table/periodic_table.html#. Also, you may want to look at the research behind it all via this academic paper about the Development of the Periodic Table: http://www.visual-literacy.org/periodic_table/periodic_table.pdf. And for the resources? Four websites for data visualization inspiration:
Rad Resource: FlowingData (Strength in Numbers): Great examples of data visualization from the author, Nathan Yau, a PhD statistics student with a background in design. He also compiles other data visualization resources and encourages sharing and open-source. http://flowingdata.com/
Rad Resource: Information Aesthetics (Where form follows data.): Maintained by Andrew Vande Moere at the University of Sydney, this site ‘collects projects that represent data or information in original or intriguing ways.’ His examples veer wildly from mapping the impact of global warming to a tour of the brain to stitching travel itineraries on postcards – food for thought! http://infosthetics.com/
Rad Resource: Visual Complexity: Focusing on visualizing complex networks, this site archives and annotates projects from around the world that use systems visualization tools. ‘the project’s main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web.’ http://www.visualcomplexity.com/vc/ Enjoy!