Several researchers, scientists and designers across the globe are trying to make sense of a variety of complex networks using different technological tools at their disposal. They employ a mix of colors, symbols, graphics, algorithms and interactivity to advance cognition and deepen knowledge in each subject of analysis. By doing this they are in many ways creating the syntax of a new language. This book can be seen as the first dictionary of this new lexicon.
The book showcases and thoroughly analyzes the variety of contemporary visual depictions of complex networks. It covers its historical predecessors and grounds for recent popularity, and explores the ramifications of a new age of infinite interconnectedness. It also includes a set of recommendations and future predictions on the progress of Network Visualization.
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A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, nominated by Creativity magazine as "one of the 50 most creative and influential minds of 2009", Manuel Lima is a designer, researcher and founder of VisualComplexity.com, and a Senior UX Design Lead at Microsoft Bing.
Manuel is a leading voice on information visualization and a frequent speaker in conferences and schools around the world, including TED, Lift, OFFF, Reboot, VizThink, IxDA Interaction, Royal College of Art, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, ENSAD Paris, University of Amsterdam, MediaLab Prado Madrid.
by Lev Manovich
The Tree of Life
From Trees to Networks
The Syntax of a New Language