I’m off to Seattle next week for my 11th Tableau Conference. I’ve spoken at each one I’ve been to but have rarely been as excited about the talk I’m giving, and a new blog that’s going to follow.
The session: 100 yrs of data visualisation and we still make the same mistakes (Thu, 10.45am, room 6B)
— Andy Cotgreave (@acotgreave) July 17, 2014
In fact, the first, and I will argue, the best, book on effective data visualisation is 100 yrs old this year. That’s right. 1914. The year of the first commercial airline flight, the first skyscraper in Seattle, and first official Mother’s Day in the US.
Graphic Methods for Presenting Facts was written by Willard C Brinton.
My session is based around that book. We’re going to look at
- how his guidelines for effective best practice are just as valid today.
- how technology has changed but is always one step behind our imaginatoin
- how society has changed but the need to share data hasn’t.
By the end of the session I hope everyone will be inspired to ensure that, in 100 more years, our great great grandchildren are visually literate.
The blog: #100yrsOfBrinton (over on tumblr)
In just one hour I won’t possibly be able to pack in everything there is to know. Today I am launching a new tumblr, 100 Years Of Brinton. Over the next few months, I’ll be posting snippets from the book. My hope is these will inspire and entertain you. The ultimate goal? For everyone, not just dataviz nerds like me, to know about Willard C Brinton’s amazing book.
I hope you come along to the session. If not, follow the blog, and let me know what you think using the hashtag #100yrsOfBrinton.