A 100-year Old Debate: Science or Art in Data Visualization?

A 100-year Old Debate: Science or Art in Data Visualization?

Hello. I’m Andy Cotgreave, Social Content Manager at Tableau Software, and it’s my pleasure to be doing a guest post for Visually.

Pop quiz: when did people first start writing about effective ways of visualizing data?

Your answer might go back to the 1980s (Edward Tufte, perhaps) or even further back into the 1960s (Jacques Bertin, maybe). Few people would go back so far as 100 years ago. That’s right: one hundred years ago.

Willard Cope Brinton, an engineer living in New York, wrote Graphic Methods of Presenting Facts in 1914. The astonishing thing about this book is that in many ways it has not dated at all. You could read this book today and learn as much about effective data visualization as you could by reading anything by Stephen Few, or blogs such as this one.

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