Lydia's Visualization Whiteboard

Welcome to the homepage of Lydia Byrne, University of Queensland PhD student, budding visualization designer and obsessive whiteboard user. I'm in my 2nd year of a PhD looking at how to choose a visualization that works for a given analytic task and user. This website is a collection of my research papers, my experiments building visualizations with D3js and other visualization related things I do. You can also find me lurking on twitter @lydiacbyrne.


Conventions and Figurative Shapes in Visualization

I'm very excited to be presenting at the VIS2015 conference in Chicago 25-30 October. My talk explores how data visualizations and infographics leverage their audience's experience to create meaning. If you're at the conference I'll be speaking on Thurs in the 8:30-10:10 InfoVis session. If you're not lucky enough to go to VIS2015 you can check out my research in paper form:

L. Byrne, D. Angus, and J. Wiles, "Acquired Codes of Meaning in Data Visualization and Infographics: Beyond Perceptual Primitives," IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 22(1), 2016. [PDF].

The talk will be recorded, and I'll include a link to the video as soon as it's up.

The paper involves content analysis of visualizations from the kantar information is beautiful awards 2014 showcase. If you're interested in the codes we used as part of the content analysis process, you can find them here.

Visualizations of Language

I'm also an affiliate member of the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL). As part of the centre I have been exploring different ways to visualize different aspects of language. I also wrote and ran a tutorial back in August on the basics of D3js for CoEDL members.

CoEDL Visualization Workshop D3 Tutorial:

Please send any feedback on the tutorial to me at l.byrne2 "at"

Other visualization things I've coded so far:

For permission to reuse/repost any of these visualizations, please contact me at l.byrne2 "at" The table for visualizing lexemes is being developed by myself (Lydia Byrne), Janet Wiles, Erich Round and Greville Corbett. The VFR category is from P. Vickers, J. Faith, and N. Rossiter, "Understanding Visualization: A Formal Approach Using Category Theory and Semiotics," Visualization and Computer Graphics, IEEE Transactions on, vol. 19, pp. 1048-1061, 2013.