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Data Visualization: a successful design process

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Data Visualization: a successful design process

Overview of this book

Do you want to create more attractive charts? Or do you have huge data sets and need to unearth the key insights in a visual manner? Data visualization is the representation and presentation of data, using proven design techniques to bring alive the patterns, stories and key insights locked away."Data Visualization: a Successful Design Process" explores the unique fusion of art and science that is data visualization; a discipline for which instinct alone is insufficient for you to succeed in enabling audiences to discover key trends, insights and discoveries from your data. This book will equip you with the key techniques required to overcome contemporary data visualization challenges. You'll discover a proven design methodology that helps you develop invaluable knowledge and practical capabilities.You'll never again settle for a default Excel chart or resort to "fancy-looking" graphs. You will be able to work from the starting point of acquiring, preparing and familiarizing with your data, right through to concept design. Choose your "killer" visual representation to engage and inform your audience."Data Visualization: a Successful Design Process" will inspire you to relish any visualization project with greater confidence and bullish know-how; turning challenges into exciting design opportunities.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
Data Visualization: a successful design process
Credits
About the Author
About the Reviewers
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Index

Developing your capabilities


The project is over. You can take a deep breath and relax. Well, at least for an hour until your next project is lined up!

For you the bigger picture now is to consider your ongoing development in this discipline, learning from each experience, and building up your expertise.

The single most important message that I want to put across in this book is the value of practice, experience, and ongoing self-improvement. Data visualization is such a multidimensioned and rapidly evolving craft that cannot be mastered overnight.

Earlier we looked at the framework of the "eight hats". Through assessing yourself against this collection of capabilities, skills, and attitudes you can self-determine where your strengths and weaknesses may be and then look to address them. There are several strategies to help ensure your development continues.

Practice, practice, practice!

When it comes to developing your practical design skills the major piece of advice is simple—practice, practice...