Feeling like a cross between a Tufte lecture and a flick through any recent book on Processing or Flash masters, this article presents a good overview of the job and direction of ancient and modern data visualization.
“In his introductory text , Jose Luis de Vicente, the curator of the workshop, described data visualization as a cross-discipline which uses the vast communicative power of images to offer a comprehensible explanation of the relationship among meaning, cause, and dependence that can be found among large abstract masses of information generated by scientific and social processes. “
Minard’s map on Napoleon’s march on Russia.
Updated: Some more great examples from Smashing Magazine.