While searching for a proper visualization to illustrate an example in research finding, I came across a new application, Lyra, by UW Interactive Data Lab. Speaker Arvind Satyanarayan's introduction of Lyra reveals an observation that there are two extremes in the data visualization world. The easy-to-use data visualization tools, such as Excel and Tableau, don't function well for customization, while powerful flexible data visualization tools, e.g. D3, requires some programming knowledge. In this video
, Arvind illustrated the recreation of William Playfair's classic data visualization using Lyra.
Inspired by his demo, I tried to create something for my research dataset on Lyra. So far, it doesn't work. The interface of Lyra is drastically different from any tools I have used. I am not sure if it is easier/faster to learn some existing programming language or become familiar with Lyra. It might not be the same case considering everyone's current knowledge. I guess a written manual would be a helpful supplement to the video demo.