“However, the artistic projects that are able to introduce really new visualization techniques are exceptions; the majority of projects are only able to distinguish themselves by customizing already existing techniques. For example, consider, the influential collection of important projects that visualize complex networks curated by designer and writer Manual Lima since 2004. Browsing this collection of over 700 visualizations can create an impression of almost infinite visual diversity. However, filtering them by “method” shows that many of them are variations of the same small number of visualization methods.9 (In other words, the visual diversity of visualization field today is partly an artifact of the use of software that allows rendering the same fundamental layouts in multitude of ways.”

Lev Manovich, Visualization Methods for Media Studies.