Points of View. A series of articles published by Nature Methods on the fundamental aspects of visual presentation applicable to anyone who works with the graphical representation of data.

Nature Methods has organized all of the Points of View articles and written a blog (A view of the every Points of View) as a guide to accessing "this trove of practical advice on visualizing scientific data."

Points of View

Plotting symbol. Choose distinct symbols that overlap without ambiguity and communicate relationships in data. Krzywinski M, Wong B. Nat Methods. 10: 451 (2013).

Visualizing biological data. Data visualization is increasingly important, but it requires clear objectives and improved implementation. Wong B. Nat Methods. 9: 1131 (2012).

Pencil and paper. A unique set of tools facilitate thinking and hypothesis generation. Wong B, Kjærgaard RS. Nat Methods. 9: 1037 (2012).

Power of the plane. Two-dimensional visualizations of multivariate data are most effective when combined. Gehlenborg M, Wong B. Nat Methods. 9: 935 (2012).

Into the third dimension. Three-dimensional visualizations are effective for spatial data but rarely for other data types. Gehlenborg N, Wong B. Nat Methods. 9: 851 (2012).

Mapping quantitative data to color. Data structure informs choice of color maps. Gehlenborg N, Wong B. Nat Methods. 9: 769 (2012)

Representing genomic structural variation. Techniques for displaying relations between distant genomic positions. Nielsen C, Wong B. Nat Methods. 9: 631 (2012).

Representing genomic structural variation. Techniques for displaying relations between distant genomic positions. Nielsen C, Wong B. Nat Methods. 9: 631 (2012).

Managing deep data in genome browsers. Techniques are at hand for taming the ever-growing number of data tracks. Nielsen C, Wong B. Nat Methods. 9: 521 (2012)

Representing the genome. The choice of visual representation of the linear genome is guided by the question being asked. Nielsen C, Wong B. Nat Methods. 9: 423 (2012).

Integrating data. Different analytical tasks require different visual representations. Gehlenborg N, Wong B. Nat Methods. 9: 315 (2012).

Heat maps. Heat maps are useful for visualizing multivariate data but must be applied properly. Gehlenborg N, Wong B. Nat Methods. 9: 213 (2012).

Networks. We describe graphing techniques to support exploration of networks. Gehlenborg N, Wong B. Nat Methods. 9: 115 (2012).

Data exploration. Enhancement of pattern discovery through graphical representation of data. Shoresh N, Wong B. Nat Methods. 9: 5 (2012).

The design process. Use good design to balance self-expression with the need to satisfy an audience in a logical manner. Wong B. Nat Methods. 8: 987 (2011).

Salience to relevance. Ensure that viewers notice the right content by making relevant information most noticeable. Wong B. Nat Methods. 8: 889 (2011).

Layout. Proper layout reveals the hierarchical relationship of informational elements. Wong B. Nat Methods. 8: 783 (2011).

Arrows. Use well-proportioned arrows sparingly and consistently as a guide through complex information. Wong B. Nat Methods. 8: 701 (2011).

Simplify to clarify. Simplify your presentation to improve clarity. Wong B. Nat Methods. 8: 611 (2011).

Avoiding color. Choose colors appropriately to avoid bias and unwanted artifacts in visuals. Wong B. Nat Methods. 8: 525 (2011).

Color blindness. Make your graphics accessible to those with color vision deficiencies. Wong B. Nat Methods. 8: 441 (2011).

The overview figure. An economic overview figure to convey general concepts helps readers understand a research study. Wong B. Nat Methods. 8: 441 (2011).

Typography. Choose typefaces, sizes and spacing to clarify the structure and meaning of the text. Wong B. Nat Methods. 8: 277 (2011)

Points of review (Part 2). Examples of figure redesigns. Wong B. Nat Methods. 8: 189 (2011).

Points of review (part 1). Examples of figure redesigns. Wong B. Nat Methods. 8: 101 (2011).

Negative space. Whitespace is a powerful way of improving visual appeal and emphasizing content. Wong B. Nat Methods. 8: 1 (2011).

Gestalt principles (part 2). Exploit perceptual phenomena to meaningfully arrange elements on the page. Wong B. Nat Methods. 7: 941 (2010).

Gestalt principles (part 1). Exploit perceptual phenomena to meaningfully arrange elements on the page. Wong B. Nat Methods. 7: 863 (2010).

Salience. Use salience to differentiate graphical symbols and speed up figure reading. Wong B. Nat Methods. 7: 773 (2010).

Design of data figures. Improve figure decoding by using strong visual cues to encode data. Wong B. Nat Methods. 7: 665 (2010).

Color Coding. Choose colors appropriately to avoid bias and unwanted artifacts in visuals. Wong B. Nat Methods. 7: 573 (2010).

 

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