Top 5 Visualisation Trends of 2016

Originally Published JANUARY 13, 2016, on

Here are just 5 of the many trends that we think will stick around for 2016 regarding the future of visualisations 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 visualisations this year that tell you even more about the world around us.

2. More meaningful visualisations that tell a story across mediums

Visualisations 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 visualisations 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 visualisations 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 visualisations we see currently.


3. Visual Analytics is going stronger than ever

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 and 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 visualisation method for the masses.

Being able to access and visualise 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 visualisations and visual analytics.

Visual analytics in 2016 must place a heavy emphasis on quality over quantity, especially in the big data of the world. After all, visuals and graphics are processed 60,000 times faster by the brain than text.

Visualising 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!