We have an internal
library here at Tableau and like any library, we can check out books to read or
study.We had the same setup at
Microsoft as well, with a heavy emphasis on technical books.Any computer company will have books on
programming habits, design patters, Agile and other fields like this.
Tableau also has a
large section on data visualizations.The whole spectrum is covered here from books on how to efficiently
write a graphics routine to how to best present data on screen in human
A new book arrived
this last week called Cartographies of Time and it is a history of the timeline.I saw it on the shelf and grabbed it since I
am a fan of medieval maps and the cover has a map in that style on it.It is a fascinating book that covers the very
first attempts at timelines and brings us up to the modern day.
The most striking
aspect of this so far - I've not gotten too far into the book - is the sheer
artistic skill of the early timelines.The people that created those timelines worked very hard to get a
vibrant image, a workable color scheme and a tremendous amount of data all put
into one chart.It is simply amazing to
see this and if you have the opportunity I recommend picking up a copy of this
book for yourself.
concerns and criticisms always welcome,