Data Visualization is a powerful way to simplify the complexity in our data and present it in a form which is comprehensible, insightful and actionable. From early caveman paintings to today’s sophisticated information dashboards, we have used data viz in some form or the other since time immemorial.
We have compiled a list of our 10 favorite data visualization quotes which captures the essence of data visualization in its entirety. While some experts think there’s something magical about graphs, some others liken it to a campfire. Here’s what experts have to say about data viz:
There is a magic in graphs. The proﬁle of a curve reveals in a ﬂash a whole situation — the life history of an epidemic, a panic, or an era of prosperity. The curve informs the mind, awakens the imagination, convinces.
―Henry D. Hubbard
The purpose of visualization is insight, not pictures.
The inadequacy of uni-dimensional plotting along a continuum (in this case the diagonal of a symmetric matrix) inevitably would make “buffer” elements appear non-conformist when in fact they may be part of an interconnected pattern.
―Jennifer K. McArthur
Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice.
Visualizations act as a campfire around which we gather to tell stories.
The art and practice of visualizing data is becoming ever more important in bridging the human-computer gap to mediate analytical insight in a meaningful way.
By visualizing information, we turn it into a landscape that you can explore with your eyes, a sort of information map. And when you’re lost in information, an information map is kind of useful.
The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight.
Above all else show the data.
The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see.
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