What board games teach about designing engaging data visualizations

Data Visualization

An article I wrote about data visualization and board games was published in Nightingale, the journal of the Data Visualization Society.

In the article I summarize my thoughts from a visit to the biggest tradefair for board games in the world, the Spiel (Internationale Spieletage) in Essen. Board game designers are really good at making representations of information and data engaging, fun and easily accessible. Many of the used principles can equally be used for data visualizationa:

  • Using easily readable encodings of data
  • Using overarching plots and metaphors
  • Making the graphic design fit the topic
  • Representing the data in physcial form (data physicalization).

The full article is available here, or click on the picture below: What board games teach us about data visualization.