The Future of Data Visualization: Predictions for 2019 and Beyond

What’s in store for the future of data visualization? A decade ago, I celebrated making my very first 3d exploding pie chart for a report that I was writing. Nowadays, I can’t open my laptop without my jaw dropping on the floor as I scroll through site after site of data visualization masterpieces. How times have changed! In this article, we’ll celebrate data visualization accomplishments from the past 12 months and make predictions for data visualization in the coming 12 months (and beyond). I turned to YOU, the data visualization community, and listened to your feedback. I created a quick poll on Google Sheets and I also asked you to reflect on both Twitter and LinkedIn. Here’s what you said about the best data visualizations of 2018 as well as your predictions for the future of data visualization in 2019 and beyond.
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Consolidate Redundant Tables and Graphs

We’ve all encountered redundant tables and graphs: You see a table. And then you see a graph nearby. You scan the table, and then you scan the graph, and then you scan the table again, zig-zagging your eyes around the screen and trying to figure out whether the table and graph are telling you the same information or whether they’re about two different topics entirely. Redundancies steal precious time from our days and force us to read two visuals instead of one—the table and the graph—when all we need is a single well-designed graph.
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