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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)

Wrapping Up

Remember that none of these tools are a cure-all. In the end, the analyses and data design is still up to you. The tools are just that—they’re tools. Just because you have a hammer doesn’t mean you can build a house. Likewise, you can have great software and a super computer, but if you don’t know how to use your tools, they might as well not exist. You decide what questions to ask, what data to use, and what facets to highlight, and this all becomes easier with practice.

But hey, you’re in luck. That’s what the rest of this book is for. The following chapters cover important data design concepts and teach you how to put the abstract into practice, using a combination of the tools that were just covered. You can learn what to look for in your data and how to visualize it.