Shapes and Patterns in Visualizing Human Knowledge: Part 2 – Digital Visualisation Techniques

Shapes and Patterns in Visualizing Human Knowledge: Part 2 – Digital Visualisation Techniques

Veslava Osinska (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland) and Grzegorz Osinski (College of Social and Media Culture, Poland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-4990-1.ch002

Abstract

Excel or similar statistical software offers a lot of possibilities to generate different kinds of charts and diagrams. Throughout the variety of graphical representations, one can find common features among elementary patterns they consist of. Circles (spheres in 3D information space) and trees as effective and ergonomic shapes are the base of known historical and contemporary visualization techniques. The chapter introduces the most popular and ergonomic methods for visualizing large-scale data. The authors strive to find common visual properties in relation to their historical archetypes. The discussion about a series of both technical and aesthetical issues is also included.
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Circle- Based Charts

Circles and spherical shapes were already described in detail in part one of the authors’ chapter (Shapes and Patterns in Visualizing the Human Knowledge. Origin from Historical and Cognitive Perspective), both from the historical and neuroesthetic points of view. Now, let us go to the concept of repeatability resulting from application of the topology of circles.

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