Diagramming Information Visualization: story of an addiction
Twenty years ago the area of information and data visualization were of interest to only a small group of tech-obsessed individuals who shared a passion for data.
In the last ten years however, we have witnessed an exponential increase in its popularity.
Not only are diagrammatic reasoning and visual epistemology becoming readily accepted methods of research in many academic domains, but at the same time infographics and infovis have grabbed the attention of a larger mainstream audience.
Infographic, Data Journalism, Visual Analytics, and Digital Cartography are examples of new subjects emerging from the application of Information Visualization to various domains.
It seems that everyone from academic researcher to public institutions, from graphic designer to graffiti-writers feels the need to produce diagrams, graphs, maps and charts. It has become an addiction.