Prior to the holiday season Ann K Emery asked a group of us bloggers to come up with some data visualization predictions for the upcoming year. Here are 3 of my own predictions based on some of the things I already see happening (a.k.a. projections).
What are your predictions? Let me know in the comments.
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Before we jump into my projections I wanted to invite to a webinar I’ll be giving to the NTEN Data Community of Practice.
It’s called “Infographic and Dashboard Design for Data People” and will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada). It’s free to attend, just register here. I’m going to try to make it fun and interactive using a bit of live drawing. If you join, come with questions.
Now on to my predictions…
1. The number of “visual people” in high places will increase.
The web is a visual place. The best websites are always filled with pictures.
Countless numbers have grown up in the visual content world. People often called digital natives, of which many are entering the middle years of their careers. You can add to that the large numbers of visually attuned folks and new visual converts from prior generations.
The result, more visual people in positions of authority by the day. The kinds of positions that control budgets. The kinds of positions that can tell their consultants and staff that they want dashboards and infographics, and actually put money or man hours into the request.
Get ready to see a lot more.
2. Written content shock will lead to increased visual demand (as well as demand for audio and video).
The vast majority of us are far more comfortable with the written word than we are with charts, pictures, video and audio. Subsequently, more and more written content is finding its way to the web every second. Reports included.
In a world of words the visual shines through.
Data visualization is what I like to call academically acceptable illustration. Pictures you can get published without the push back. As reaching overwhelmed audiences becomes harder, demand for charts will increase.
3. The tools will get easier and better, while those that use them will get more experienced.
Have you played around in Canva or Piktochart? These are not the conceptual tools of the last decade. These are inexpensive (mostly free) and easy tools that allow you to create honest to goodness professional work. Expect to see more.
Sometimes I laugh a little when I look at my work from even just a few years ago. It’s amazing what a little practice can do.
Seeing the progression of my colleagues and friends at conferences is pretty cool. A few year’s ago, presentations were basic and general. As the years have gone on, they’ve become more and more specific with a much higher quality product at the end. The future is looking bright.