It's not just what you know, it's what you know about what you know. "Information visualization" is a special category of user-interface design. Tables, forms, charts, maps, and diagrams also have to solve how best to use metaphors, mental models, navigation, interaction, and appearance to make themselves usable, useful, and appealingthe catechism for good user experience. Lately, with new search and retrieval techniques popping up from Google, Yahoo, and other major Web-oriented companies, it may seem that much progress is being made. In some ways this is true, but advanced visualization (and sonification) techniques have made the rounds for…
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