Many areas of AI continue to show innovation at an exciting pace.
For example, today, generative methods are on my radar. So, its nice to see innovation in an area which is stable and mature.
Charticulator from Microsoft research is a free and open source tool for creating bespoke Interactive Chart designs without the need for coding
A gallery of charticulator charts gives you an example of what’s possible
What is the innovation?
While its visually interesting, its important to understand what is the innovation here
Charticulator is an interactive authoring tool that allows you to make custom and reusable chart layouts.
Typically, chart creation interfaces force authors to select from predetermined chart layouts, preventing the creation of new charts.
Charticulator, on the other hand, converts a chart specification into mathematical layout constraints and uses a constraint-solving algorithm to automatically compute a set of layout attributes to actualize the chart.
It enables the articulation of complex marks or glyphs and the structure between these glyphs, without the need for any coding or constraint satisfaction knowledge.
The capacity to build a highly customized visual representation of data, tuned to the specifics of the insights to be given, increases the chances that these insights will be recognized, understood and remembered in the final implementation.
This expressiveness also provides a competitive advantage to the creator of this visual representation in a landscape saturated with traditional charts and graphs.
The charticulator approach lies at the intersection of three ideas:
So, you could perhaps think that the innovation of charticulator lies in democratizing the custom chart approach and making it easier with no code / low code – and therein lies the innovation IMHO
From a research standpoint, the following are the work's significant research contributions:
I think this is an exciting innovation - and also great that it is free and open source