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Learning Neo4j 3.x - Second Edition by Rik Van Bruggen, Jérôme Baton

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The fireworks effect

While graph visualizations usually have a very positive effect on their users, we--as IT people that are provided this as an interface to interact with data--must also be aware of the fact that these visualizations can be a bit too much sometimes.

We call this the fireworks effect, and while by no means specific to graph visualizations, it is an important thing to be aware of. The purpose of visualization can never be to attract oohs and aahs--that's what fireworks are supposed to do for the crowds of spectators that they attract.

Contrarily, the purpose of a visualization should always be to communicate with the beholders and transfer information from the software application that we are building on top of a Graph Database ...

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