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Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

visualization for communication, engineering and business

An astonishing collection of methods of visual representation presented as a periodic table of the elements — a graphical tool for interactive exploration wherein the table itself is an example of its contents. It's fun! -leif

To get to the periodic table, go to
Scroll down, then click on the image of the table.

This e-learning site focuses on a critical, but often neglected skill for business, communication, and engineering students, namely visual literacy, or the ability to evaluate, apply, or create conceptual visual representations. After this tutorial, students should be able to evaluate advantages and disadvantages of visal representations, to improve their shortcomings, to use them to create and communicate knowledge, or to devise new ways of representing insights.

The didactic approach consists of rooting visualization in its application contexts, i.e., giving students the necessary critical attitude, principles, tools and feedback to develop their own high-quality visualization formats for specific problems (problem-based learning). The students thus learn about the commonalities of good visualization in diverse areas, but also explore the specificities of visualization in their field of specialization (through real-life case studies). They will not only learn by doing, but in doing so contribute new training material for their peers to evaluate (peer learning).

Towards A Periodic Table of
Visualization Methods for Management

Ralph Lengler & Martin J. Eppler
Institute of Corporate Communication
University of Lugano, Switzerland

In this paper, we describe the effort of defining and compiling existing visualization methods in order to develop a systematic overview based on the logic, look, and use of the periodic table of elements. We first describe the current fragmented state of the visualization field. Then we outline the rules and criteria we applied in conducting our research in order to present a revised periodic table of 100 visualization methods with a proposition how to use it.

Thanks to Stephanie West Allen for our discovery of this work. -leif

Nov 5, 2009: Shannon Ewing suggests to — a dynamic graphical method of showing the connections between words making for fascinating explorattions.
Feb 13, 2014: Pat Wagner found this:
January 14, 2007; edited/updated November 26, 2015

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