Friday, January 19, 2007
If it is ever true that the medium is the message, then here is a great example. The Periodic Table of Visualization Methods is a very carefully constructed model which classifies a hundred different graphic methods. From the linked page hover to see a popup example of each. Although constructed with a very specific purpose - a cross discipline academic course in visualisation methods for management - this table is an excellent way to show good examples in context, and to extend your repertoire.
In an explanatory article about the project the authors describe it as not so much "a close adaptation of the periodic table of chemical elements. It is rather a functional, metaphoric homage to it." Read the article to see just how much thought went into classifying the material contained in this model.
"Towards A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods for Management" (PDF) Lengler R., Eppler M. (2007). Towards A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods for Management. IASTED Proceedings of the Conference on Graphics and Visualization in Engineering (GVE 2007), Clearwater, Florida, USA. (Page 5)
For some more fun using the Periodic Table and its elements see:
The Periodic Table of Comic Books
A flash animation of Tom Lehrer's song The Elements