Visualization has been used in the health sciences to help turn factual data into meaningful and contextual information. The following display highlights several historical pieces to artistic renderings of data visualizations. We hope that the display generates some ideas on and connects you to resources when approaching the visualization of information.
This poster captures a project by Conor Healy providing decision trees leading from a data format to a set of potential graphs or visualization to illustrate that information. *This poster is the inspiration for the entire display.*
This data visualization example is one of the first examples of disease mapping. John Snow presented two maps illustrating the deaths that occurred at specific households in London's Broad Street region in 1854. The map in the display was published in his book On the Mode of Communication of Cholera.
Created by Florence Nightingale, these 2 diagrams shows the causes of mortality in British Army during Crimean War. The first diagram is for data from April 1854 to March 1855; the second diagram is from April 1855 to March 1856. This contribution to the sanitary history of the British Army during the late war with Russia.
A creative visualization of the brachial plexus nerve network. Its artist, Alex Dai, took inspiration from the Massachusetts Fay Transit Authority subway map.
Visualizations can take many forms. An example includes origami. The following is a short activity that you can do to create your own double helix model. This full-color version of the activity shows how the DNA bases pair together.