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Visualize This

By : Nathan Yau‚ÄØ
Book Image

Visualize This

By: Nathan Yau‚ÄØ

Overview of this book

Visualize This is a guide on how to visualize and tell stories with data, providing practical design tips complemented with step-by-step tutorials. It begins with a description of the huge growth of data and visualization in industry, news, and gov't and opportunities for those who tell stories with data. Logically it moves on to actual stories in data-statistical ones with trends and human stories. the technical part comes up quickly with how to gather, parse and format data with Python, R, Excel, Google docs, and so on, and details tools to visualize data-native graphics for the Web like ActionScript, Flash libraries, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML. Every chapter provides an example as well. Patterns over time and kinds of data charts are followed by proportions, chart types and examples. Next, examples and descriptions of outliers and how to show them, different kinds of maps, how to guide your readers and explain the data "in the visualization". The book ends with a value-add appendix on graphical perception.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Chapter 9

Designing with a Purpose

When you explore your own data, you don’t need to do much in terms of storytelling. You are, after all, the storyteller. However, the moment you use your graphic to present information—whether it’s to one person, several thousand, or millions—a standalone chart is no longer good enough.

Sure, you want others to interpret results and perhaps form their own stories, but it’s hard for readers to know what questions to ask when they don’t know anything about the data in front of them. It’s your job and responsibility to set the stage. How you design your graphics affects how readers interpret the underlying data.