A new source in the education-testing business tells me about a “huge cultural collision” between the “sensate, feeling types and the new racetrack bettor types.”
That winery of mid-’60s TV fame Italian Swiss Colony and its mascot “that little old winemaker, me” often seems to apply in surprising places.
A few weeks ago at a visualization conference, the business intelligence community’s leader in visualization design, Stephen Few, told the room full of dedicated visualizers to be more useful. Some took exception.
In the gentlemanly discourse going on right now within earshot of this blog, they’ve been discussing definitions. What, for example, is “useful”?
Stephen, of whom I should disclose my long-time admiration, responds to criticism from Mike Danziger that his advice is slightly abrasive.… Read the rest “The debate over “useful” visualization”
This afternoon the geeks and the grad students who drove the IEEE InfoVIS (information visualization) conference with their clever but mostly useless inventions swarmed into the hotel lobby for some reason that only their well-wired brains understand. They are a different crowd from the one I’ve seen lately.
This year I’ve only been to business intelligence conferences. That bunch is mostly from business but also has many from the technical end of the house, IT. Compared with the geeks, most of them are boring. They talk about “goals and objectives,” they tell the same stories, and they wear the same clothes, by which I can tell they also have more money.… Read the rest “Running with the infovis geeks”