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01 April 2009 @ 04:04 pm
I think this is jaw-droppingly cool  
A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods. Does use some kind of scripting to pop up an example of the element when you mouse over the entry in the table.

I think Edward Tufte would be proud. (But I could be wrong about that.)
Current Mood: excitedfascinated
Charlie Princeccprince on April 2nd, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
True, there are the six color-coded categories, which are grouped by similarity.

But, what makes the periodic table of elements, well, periodic, is the grouping of elements in rows and columns, based on unique properties of the elements. In this diagram — as with so many other "periodic tables" — it's just formatted that way not because it reveals and classifies some aspect of the relationships between the elements/diagrams, but because it looks neat.

And that's pretty much Tufte's entire point: "just because it looks neat" = "chartjunk" = not good.