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Our pick for the Top 5 Visualization Trends of 2016

January 13, 2016

Written by

Ann Marie Gribble, Digital Marketer

Visualizations are our passion here at Mohio and we are always looking at new trends and possibilities in the field. Afterall, visuals and graphics are processed 60,000 times faster by the brain than text.

Visualizations are our passion here at Mohio and we are always looking at new trends and possibilities in the field. Afterall, visuals and graphics are processed 60,000 times faster by the brain than that.

Here are just 5 of the many trends  that we think will stick around for 2016 regarding the future of visualizations and what you may see in the year to come.

1. Static images are no longer as effective

Gifs, Vines, short video clips are in. They have been for a while now, and it’s one of the easiest ways we can consume media. We’ll see more gif visualizations (and cats I’m sure) this year that tell you even more about the world around us.

Humans have an average of 8 seconds of attention span and by giving information in a more effective and quicker way via moving images and visualizations, we are able to understand more in less time.

2. More meaningful visualizations that tell a story across mediums

Visualizations will have a bigger focus on value for the end user in 2016 and will genuinely make your life better. You’ll see even more interesting and creative visualizations and visual analytics tools that will help simplify your work and generally make your life a little easier.

A way in which this will be done is through more multimedia narratives or stories in visualizations that will span a specified time period with new information released periodically. A little more creative compared to some of the  more static and linear visualizations we see currently.

This will make viewing and using the visualizations tools more exciting and usable for you!

3. Visual Analytics is going stronger than ever

For businesses, analytics is at the core of measuring how well they perform. We deal with this on a daily basis at Mohio in many shapes and forms. We all want to consume our big data faster and in order to do so, we need to improve the visual representation of it.

It is essential to narrow down what data you have vs what is actually needed to visually report it in an efficient manner. This year will see even more tools that businesses are able to use for visual analytics. You will see it incorporated into even more 3rd party software, making it much simpler for you to access and understand your data.

4. More integrations with more accessible sources

This year will see even more ways in which data can be integrated with each other from many different sources. The complexity of multiple sources for data will be made even simpler in 2016. With improving technologies and tools and devices that can handle big data, it will be a more accessible and understandable visualization method for the masses.

Being able to access and visualize multiple forms and dimensions of your businesses data in a quick manner will be a key focus to 2016.

5. Big Data and the human factor

Big data was a key point of interest for the start of this decade and now businesses are working out how to make this big data smaller and more understandable for users via data visualizations and visual analytics.

Visual analytics in 2016 must place a heavy emphasis on quality over quantity, especially in the big data of the world. Visualizing this data in an effective, creative way, such as in exciting visuals, interactive diagrams and 3D environments, will give more relevant, understandable information. In 2016, more thoughtful considerations will be made around big data and how the information is actually valuable to the end user, being you!

So there we have it – Our top 5 data visualization trends of 2016!

From the Mohio team, we hope you had a fantastic New Year celebration and that your 2016 will be just as awesome!

About the author

Ann Marie Gribble, Digital Marketer

One of the newest members of the team, Ann Marie fits perfectly between Software Development and Design in order to spread the word about our product.

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