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datadreamer Wed, Jan 2, 2008
When I view the examples above, I think of data visualization as a product of emergent behavior (an idea introduced by Suguru Ishizaki). It reminds me of flying over agricultural areas and seeing the textured effect of different types of crops and irrigation:



This can also be seen in computational visualization projects such as "Enter, Mark, Spend!" by Sean Patrick Dockray:



and of course "Flight Patterns" by Aaron Koblin:





To expand on lateral's suggestion of Edward Tufte, I'd also recommend looking into William Playfair, Jacques Bertin, and Ben Fry.