What is Visual Analytics
Put simply, visual analytics involves turning numbers into pictures that anyone in the organisation can access, understand and interact with to harvest rich insight from vast data sources.
The science comes into its own when humans need to analyse information that is so huge and complex it’s impossible to process. Visual analytics tools and techniques create an interactive view of data that reveals the patterns within it, enabling everyone to become researchers and analysts.
Visual Analytics is an emerging discipline, and we're proud to be at the forefront of this new science, working hard to apply it to commercial organisations. We have learned a lot since we started in the field in 2006. and collected below are some of our favourite resources to help you benefit from our experience.
Where to start
It brings together computer science, information visualization, cognitive and perceptual sciences, interactive design, graphic design, and social sciences. More than this, visual analytics enables a new breed of storyteller to communicate facts in an incredibly accessible, understandable way; watch Hans Rosling explain 200 years of global history in just 20 minutes:
- The definitive academic paper on visual analytics, where the phrase was coined
- Omniscope from Visokio
- QlikView from QlikTech
- SAS Visual Analytics from SAS
- Spotfire from Tibco
- Tableau from Tableau Software
If you are interested in visual analytics tools, take a look at our product comparison.
- NVAC, where it all started
- The Visual Analytics Community
- The Visual Analytics project at Middlesex University
- The Visual Analytics Digital Library
- Stephen Few at Perceptual Edge
- Ben Schneiderman at University of Maryland
- Jeffrey Heer at Stanford University
Other notable people
- Hans Rosling, doctor, statistician and visual analyst
- Edward Tufte, the data visualization pioneer
- Beau Lotto, neuroscientist and artist
- David McCandless, data journalist and information designer
- Andrei Pandre, data visualisation blogger
Find out more
- Atheon offer a variety of courses in both the principles and the tools of visual analytics, see our training page for more information.
- You can also contact us directly to find out more.