Sparklines were invented by Edward Tufte, author of a number of thoughtful and inspiring books on the presentation of visual information. Sparklines are described by Tufte as “Intense, Simple, Word-Sized Graphics“.
I am sure you have seen some sparklines in the web, but here is what I have found interesting in sparklines in addition to the sparkline graph option in Swivel.
- Google Rader Trend could have had sparklines! Why did they take them out?
- information aesthetics, one of my favourite sites, has sparklines of site statistics, daily word count, unique visitors and even google adsense earnings. Even its favicon is a sparkline image. Nice!
- In Blog Interface Design 2.0, Luke Wroblewski uses sparklines to visualize blog continuums which add a contextually relevant path for readers interested in seeing how a particular idea has continued to evolve. Has anyone implemented this?
- John Udell wished to see del.icio.us posting history using Joe Gregorio’s excellent sparkline web service. His wish hasn’t been granted yet.
- Finally, Sparklines library for Ruby which I want to use at work one day.
You can find more at the Sparkline Wiki.