Manuel Lima at VisualComplexity outlined a Information Visualization manifesto (with later comments) last week. The basic points are:

  1. Form follows function
  2. Start with a question
  3. Interactivity is key
  4. Cite your source
  5. The power of narrative
  6. Do not glorify aesthetics
  7. Look for relevancy
  8. Embrace time
  9. Aspire for knowledge
  10. Avoid gratuitious visualizations

Only the first point seems to be controversial, as people have argued that form should follow data. The idea behind these points is to distinguish between what Lima calls information visualization (while Kosara suggestions visual analysis) and information art.

I was hoping to go to VisWeek 2009 next month where this is sure to drawn some conversations, but it looks like I will not be able to make this year.