Four Futures and a History
Ronald A. Rensink, Departments of Psychology and Computer Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada.
Interaction-Design.org URL: http://www.interaction-design.org/encyclopedia/data_visualization_for_human_perception.html. [pdf]
[Commentary on Data Visualization for Human Perception (Stephen Few).]
Stephen Few provides a nice overview of the reasons why we should design data visualizations to be effective, and why it's important to understand human perception when doing so. In fact, he's done this so well that I can't add much to his arguments. But I can, however, push the basic message a bit further, out into the times before and after those he discusses. Out into areas that are not as well known, or not really developed, where new opportunities and new dangers may lie...