An essay on how to make graphs of collaboration easier to understand. Topics include creating a visual graph language as well as utilizing the third spatial dimension, all with plenty of pretty pictures.
1.0 — Introduction
During Claude Shannon’s tenure at Bell Labs (a research arm of what we now call AT&T, responsible for things like the transistor, Unix, and the cell phone) once asked its patent lawyers to sit down and figure out why some people were awarded more patents than others. After much consternation and head scratching, the patent lawyers “discerned only one common thread: Workers with the most patents often shared lunch or breakfast with a Bell Labs electrical engineer named Harry Nyquist. It wasn’t the case that Nyquist gave them specific ideas. Rather, as one scientist recalled, ‘he drew people out, got them thinking.’”
In today’s world, it is in every company’s self-interest to know if they have any Harry Nyquists on staff.