Drew Skau

I'm a PhD CS Visualization student at UNCC with an undergrad in Architecture. I'm an Architect in a Computer Science world, and a Computer Scientist in an Architecture world.

Reporting From VisWeek 2012: Best Practices in BioVis
Reporting From VisWeek 2012: Best Practices in BioVis

Visualization is rapidly becoming a tool used in a wide range of disciplines. Biology and Bioinformatics have recently ... keep reading
Zombie Apocalypse? 19 Infographics to Help You Survive
Zombie Apocalypse? 19 Infographics to Help You Survive

October is a month for spooks. Trees lose their leaves and look creepy. Pumpkins ripen and are carved into glowing-grin ... keep reading
Eight Different Takes on Presidential Election Maps
Eight Different Takes on Presidential Election Maps

As the 2012 US Presidential election heats up, the array of maps for analyzing likely outcomes is increasing. Different ... keep reading
Analysis vs. Promotion vs. Story: A Tale of Three Audiences
Analysis vs. Promotion vs. Story: A Tale of Three Audiences

The world of visualization has a few different camps of thought, which can be roughly grouped as follows: Those who ... keep reading
Battle of the Maps: iOS 6 vs. Android
Battle of the Maps: iOS 6 vs. Android

Yesterday, Apple released iOS 6 and along with it, their new mapping and directions application: Maps. The hype was ... keep reading
From Celebrating Labor Day to Finding a Job, in 12 Infographics
From Celebrating Labor Day to Finding a Job, in 12 Infographics

Let’s be honest: most of us in the United States love Labor Day because we get a day off work. (Ah, the irony.) ... keep reading
How Groups Stack Up: When to use Grouped vs. Stacked Column Charts
How Groups Stack Up: When to use Grouped vs. Stacked Column Charts

Bar and column charts are one of the most frequently used chart types. They are simple to understand, simple to make, ... keep reading
Visualization in Architecture: Drawing Types
Visualization in Architecture: Drawing Types

There has always been a connection between architecture and visualization. Not all visualization is about communicating ... keep reading
In the Middle of Shark Week, 27 Bites of Shark Data
In the Middle of Shark Week, 27 Bites of Shark Data

Sharks are fascinating animals. They are as old as dinosaurs, they are top predators in the water, they come in strange ... keep reading
Four Visualization Poems and a Haiku
Four Visualization Poems and a Haiku

Arguably, all visualizations rely on metaphors to communicate. These metaphors allow us to use existing knowledge about ... keep reading