3rd Wave Data Visualization


Elijah Meeks of Netflix shares his historical perspective on where we've come and where we're going in data viz. From Tufte to Grammar of Graphics to the "third wave". According to Meeks, we're currently in the "second wave is breaking down" phase and only starting to see elements of the third wave coming into existence. He's not prescriptive about exactly what defines the third wave, but points the way towards it with some theory and some interesting examples (the examples were fascinating).

I come at this with a very different background but have found myself also believing that we've hit a bit of a plateau on visualizations that are producible by non-experts. This article helped me imagine what the world could look like in five years.


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