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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

Index

A

  • abstract visualization
    • about / Emotive and abstract
  • Adobe After Effects
    • URL / Other specialist tools
  • Adobe Flash
    • about / Programming environments
    • URL / Programming environments
  • Adobe Illustrator
    • about / Other specialist tools
    • URL / Other specialist tools
  • analytical visualization
    • about / Pragmatic and analytical
  • annotation
    • about / Annotation
  • Anscombe's quartet / Visualization as a discovery tool
  • Any New York Times design
    • URL / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
  • Arc GIS
    • URL / Tools for mapping
  • area charts
    • about / Area chart
    • data variables / Area chart
    • visual variables / Area chart
  • area size chart
    • about / Area size chart
    • data variables / Area size chart
    • visual variables / Area size chart

B

  • background colors / To bring the data layer to the fore
  • bar chart
    • about / Bar chart (or column chart)
    • data variables / Bar chart (or column chart)
    • visual variables / Bar chart (or column chart)
  • barcode charts
    • about / Barcode chart
    • data variables / Barcode chart
    • visual variables / Barcode chart
  • brushing / Creating interactivity
  • bubble chart / Determining the degree of accuracy in interpretation
  • bubble hierarchy
    • about / Bubble hierarchy
    • data variables / Bubble hierarchy
    • visual variables / Bubble hierarchy
  • bubble plot
    • about / Bubble plot
    • data variables / Bubble plot
    • visual variables / Bubble plot
  • bubble plot maps
    • about / Bubble plot map
    • data variables / Bubble plot map
    • visual variables / Bubble plot map
  • Business Intelligence (BI) / Charting and statistical analysis tools

C

  • candlestick chart
    • about / Candlestick chart (or box and whiskers plot, OHLC chart)
    • data variables / Candlestick chart (or box and whiskers plot, OHLC chart)
    • visual variables / Candlestick chart (or box and whiskers plot, OHLC chart)
  • CartoDB
    • URL / Tools for mapping
  • cartogram
    • about / Cartogram
    • data variables / Cartogram
    • visual variables / Cartogram
  • Chandoo
    • URL / Charting and statistical analysis tools
  • characteristics, data visualization
    • data and statistical accuracy / Approaching the finishing line
    • visualization accuracy / Approaching the finishing line
    • functional accuracy / Approaching the finishing line
    • visual inference / Approaching the finishing line
    • formatting accuracy / Approaching the finishing line
    • annotation accuracy / Approaching the finishing line
  • charting tools, data visualization / Charting and statistical analysis tools
  • Charts 'n Things
    • URL / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
  • Chart Tools
    • URL / Charting and statistical analysis tools
  • chart type
    • selecting / Choosing the appropriate chart type
  • choropleth map
    • about / Choropleth map
    • data variables / Choropleth map
    • visual variables / Choropleth map
  • circle packing diagrams
    • about / Circle packing diagram
    • data variables / Circle packing diagram
    • visual variables / Circle packing diagram
  • closr.it
    • about / Other specialist tools
  • cognitive scientist
    • about / The cognitive scientist
  • collaborators, data visualization
    • initiator / The initiator
    • data scientist / The data scientist
    • journalist / The journalist
    • computer scientist / The computer scientist
    • designer / The designer
    • cognitive scientist / The cognitive scientist
    • communicator / The communicator
    • project manager / The project manager
  • color
    • about / The use of color
    • used, for representing data / To represent data
    • used, for bringing data layer to fore / To bring the data layer to the fore
    • used, for conforming design requirements / To conform to design requirements
  • communicator
    • about / The communicator
  • computer scientist
    • about / The computer scientist
  • construction process, data visualization / The construction process

D

  • D3.js
    • URL / Programming environments
    • about / Programming environments
  • data
    • about / Exploiting the digital age
    • familiarizing / Preparing and familiarizing yourself with your data
    • preparing / Preparing and familiarizing yourself with your data
    • representing, color used / To represent data
  • data familiarization, mechanics
    • acquisition / Preparing and familiarizing yourself with your data
    • examination / Preparing and familiarizing yourself with your data
  • data scientist
    • about / The data scientist
  • data visualization
    • about / Exploiting the digital age
    • as discovery tool / Visualization as a discovery tool
    • principles / The bedrock of visualization knowledge
    • defining / Defining data visualization
    • skills, for masses / Visualization skills for the masses
    • design objectives / Visualization design objectives
    • function, establishing / Establishing intent – the visualization's function
    • intent, establishing / Establishing intent – the visualization's tone
    • potential motives / Establishing intent – the visualization's tone
    • collaborators / The "eight hats" of data visualization design
    • desgn concepts / Data visualization design is all about choices
    • tips / Some helpful tips
    • methods / Data visualization methods
    • tecnology concepts / For constructing visualizations, technology matters
    • construction process / For constructing visualizations, technology matters, The construction process
    • programs / Visualization software, applications, and programs
    • applications / Visualization software, applications, and programs
    • software / Visualization software, applications, and programs
    • statistical analysis tools / Charting and statistical analysis tools
    • charting tools / Charting and statistical analysis tools
    • programming environments / Programming environments
    • mapping tools / Tools for mapping
    • specialist tools / Other specialist tools
    • finishing line, approaching / Approaching the finishing line
    • post-launch evaluation / Post-launch evaluation
    • user capabilities, developing / Developing your capabilities
    • design skills, practicing / Practice, practice, practice!
    • designers' work, evaluating / Evaluating the work of others
    • output, sharing / Publishing and sharing your output
    • latest projects / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
    • trends / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
    • articles / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
    • announcements / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
    • developments / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
    • design narratives / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
    • project critique / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
    • technical tutorials / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
    • visualization communities / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
  • data visualization, tips
    • sketching / Some helpful tips
    • note taking / Some helpful tips
    • time management / Some helpful tips
  • DataVisualization.ch
    • URL / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
  • data visualization methodology
    • about / The data visualization methodology
  • DataWrapper
    • URL / Charting and statistical analysis tools
  • desgn concepts, data visualization / Data visualization design is all about choices
  • designer
    • about / The designer
  • design metaphor
    • creating / Creating an appropriate design metaphor
  • design objectives, data visualization
    • about / Visualization design objectives
    • function / Strive for form and function
    • form / Strive for form and function
    • selection, justifying / Justifying the selection of everything we do
    • accessibility, creating through intuitive design / Creating accessibility through intuitive design
    • never decieve receiver / Never deceive the receiver
  • design requirements
    • conforming, color used / To conform to design requirements
  • digital age
    • exploiting / Exploiting the digital age
  • discovery tool, data visualization / Visualization as a discovery tool
  • diverging schemes
    • about / To represent data
  • Dorling cartogram
    • about / Dorling cartogram
    • data variables / Dorling cartogram
    • visual variables / Dorling cartogram
  • dot plot
    • about / Dot plot
    • data variables / Dot plot
    • visual variables / Dot plot
  • dot plot maps
    • about / Dot plot map
    • data variables / Dot plot map
    • visual variables / Dot plot map

E

  • Eager Eyes
    • URL / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
  • editorial focus
    • significance / The importance of editorial focus
  • emotive visualization
    • about / Emotive and abstract
  • Excel / Preparing and familiarizing yourself with your data
  • exhibiting data visualization
    • about / When the function is to exhibit data
    • example / When the function is to exhibit data
  • explanatory data visualization
    • about / When the function is to explain
    • example / When the function is to explain
  • exploratory data visualization
    • about / When the function is to explore
    • example / When the function is to explore

F

  • Fell In Love With Data
    • URL / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
  • Flash / Programming environments
  • floating bar
    • about / Floating bar (or Gantt chart)
    • data variables / Floating bar (or Gantt chart)
    • visual variables / Floating bar (or Gantt chart)
  • FlowingData
    • URL / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
  • flow maps
    • about / Flow map
    • data variables / Flow map
    • visual variables / Flow map
  • function
    • establishing, of data visualization / Establishing intent – the visualization's function
  • Functional Art
    • URL / Immerse yourself into learning about the field

G

  • geo-spatial data
    • mapping / Mapping geo-spatial data
  • Geocommons
    • URL / Tools for mapping
  • Gephi
    • URL / Other specialist tools
  • Gestalt Laws / The bedrock of visualization knowledge
  • glyph chart
    • about / Determining the degree of accuracy in interpretation, Glyph chart
    • data variables / Glyph chart
    • visual variables / Glyph chart
  • Google Fusion Tables
    • about / Charting and statistical analysis tools
    • URL / Charting and statistical analysis tools
  • Google Refine / Preparing and familiarizing yourself with your data
  • Grapheur
    • URL / Charting and statistical analysis tools
  • Guardian datablog
    • URL / Immerse yourself into learning about the field

H

  • heatmap
    • about / Heatmap (or matrix chart)
    • data variables / Heatmap (or matrix chart)
    • visual variables / Heatmap (or matrix chart)
  • histograms
    • about / Histogram
    • data variables / Histogram
    • visual variables / Histogram
  • horizon chart
    • about / Horizon chart
    • data variables / Horizon chart
    • visual variables / Horizon chart

I

  • Illustrator / Charting and statistical analysis tools
  • InDesign
    • about / Other specialist tools
    • URL / Other specialist tools
  • Indiemapper
    • URL / Tools for mapping
  • Infographics
    • about / Other specialist tools
  • Information is Beautiful Awards
    • URL / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
  • Infosthetics
    • URL / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
  • initiator
    • about / The initiator
  • Inkscape
    • about / Other specialist tools
    • URL / Other specialist tools
  • Instant Atlas
    • URL / Tools for mapping
  • interactivity
    • creating / Creating interactivity
  • interactivity, features
    • parameter manipulation / Creating interactivity
    • variable manipulation / Creating interactivity
    • view, adjusting / Creating interactivity
    • annotated details / Creating interactivity
    • animation / Creating interactivity
  • Isarithmic maps
    • about / Isarithmic map (or contour map or topological map)
    • data variables / Isarithmic map (or contour map or topological map)
    • visual variables / Isarithmic map (or contour map or topological map)

J

  • journalist
    • about / The journalist
  • Junk Charts
    • URL / Immerse yourself into learning about the field

K

  • Kartograph
    • URL / Tools for mapping
  • KendoUI
    • about / Programming environments
    • URL / Programming environments
  • KeyLines
    • URL / Other specialist tools
  • Keynote
    • about / Other specialist tools
    • URL / Other specialist tools

L

  • Law of Proximity / The bedrock of visualization knowledge
  • Law of Similarity
    • about / The bedrock of visualization knowledge
  • Laws of Perceptual Organization
    • about / The bedrock of visualization knowledge
  • Leaflet
    • URL / Tools for mapping
  • Likert scale of disagree
    • about / Stacked bar chart (or stacked column chart)
  • line charts
    • about / Line chart
    • data variables / Line chart
    • visual variables / Line chart

M

  • Many Eyes / Charting and statistical analysis tools
  • mapping tools, data visualization / Tools for mapping
  • matrix chart / Creating an appropriate design metaphor
  • Maya 3D
    • URL / Other specialist tools
  • methods, data visualization
    • categories comparison / Data visualization methods
    • hierarchies, assessing / Data visualization methods, Assessing hierarchies and part-to-whole relationships
    • part-to-whole relationships / Data visualization methods, Assessing hierarchies and part-to-whole relationships
    • changes over time, displaying / Data visualization methods, Showing changes over time
    • relationships, plotting / Data visualization methods, Plotting connections and relationships
    • connections, plotting / Data visualization methods, Plotting connections and relationships
    • geo-spatial data, mapping / Data visualization methods, Mapping geo-spatial data
  • Microsoft Excel
    • about / Charting and statistical analysis tools
  • Miso project
    • about / Programming environments
    • URL / Programming environments

N

  • network connection map
    • about / Network connection map
    • data variables / Network connection map
    • visual variables / Network connection map
  • network diagram
    • about / Network diagram (or force-directed/node-link network)
    • data variables / Network diagram (or force-directed/node-link network)
    • visual variables / Network diagram (or force-directed/node-link network)
  • Nodebox
    • URL / Programming environments
    • about / Programming environments

O

  • OECD Better Life Index
    • about / Determining the degree of accuracy in interpretation
  • OpenStreetMap
    • URL / Tools for mapping

P

  • Panopticon
    • URL / Charting and statistical analysis tools
  • Paper.js
    • URL / Programming environments
  • parallel sets
    • about / Parallel sets (or parallel coordinates)
    • data variables / Parallel sets (or parallel coordinates)
    • visual variables / Parallel sets (or parallel coordinates)
  • parameters, for data visualization project
    • about / Key factors surrounding a visualization project
    • aim / Key factors surrounding a visualization project
    • time pressures / Key factors surrounding a visualization project
    • costs / Key factors surrounding a visualization project
    • client pressures / Key factors surrounding a visualization project
    • format / Key factors surrounding a visualization project
    • technical capabilities / Key factors surrounding a visualization project
  • particle flow map
    • about / Particle flow map
    • data variables / Particle flow map
    • visual variables / Particle flow map
  • Perceptual Edge
    • URL, for blog / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
  • Periscopic
    • URL / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
  • pie charts
    • about / Pie chart
    • data variables / Pie chart
    • visual variables / Pie chart
  • Pitch Interactive
    • URL / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
  • pixelated bar chart
    • about / Pixelated bar chart
    • data variables / Pixelated bar chart
    • visual variables / Pixelated bar chart
  • Polychart
    • URL / Charting and statistical analysis tools
  • Polymaps
    • URL / Tools for mapping
  • pragmatic visualization
    • about / Pragmatic and analytical
  • principles, data visualization / The bedrock of visualization knowledge
  • Processing
    • URL / Programming environments
    • about / Programming environments
  • programming environments, data visualization / Programming environments
  • project, data visualization
    • purpose / The reason for existing
    • intended effect / The intended effect
    • parameters / Key factors surrounding a visualization project
  • project manager
    • about / The project manager
  • Protovis
    • about / Programming environments

Q

  • QlikView
    • URL / Charting and statistical analysis tools
  • Quadrigram
    • URL / Programming environments
    • about / Programming environments

R

  • R
    • about / Programming environments
    • URL / Programming environments
  • radial chart
    • about / Radial chart
    • data variables / Radial chart
    • visual variables / Radial chart
  • radial network
    • about / Radial network (or chord diagram)
    • data variables / Radial network (or chord diagram)
    • visual variables / Radial network (or chord diagram)
  • Raphaël
    • URL / Programming environments

S

  • Sankey diagram / Creating interactivity
    • about / When the function is to explain, Sankey diagram
    • data variables / Sankey diagram
    • visual variables / Sankey diagram
  • scatter plot
    • about / Scatter plot
    • data variables / Scatter plot
    • visual variables / Scatter plot
  • scatter plot matrix
    • about / Scatter plot matrix
    • data variables / Scatter plot matrix
    • visual variables / Scatter plot matrix
  • scatterplot matrix visualization
    • about / When the function is to explore
  • sketching / Some helpful tips
  • skills, data visualization / Visualization skills for the masses
  • slopegraph
    • about / Slopegraph (or bumps chart or table chart)
    • data variables / Slopegraph (or bumps chart or table chart)
    • visual variables / Slopegraph (or bumps chart or table chart)
  • sparklines
    • about / Sparklines
    • data variables / Sparklines
    • visual variables / Sparklines
  • specialist tools, data visualization / Other specialist tools
  • square pie
    • about / Square pie (or unit chart or waffle chart)
    • data variables / Square pie (or unit chart or waffle chart)
    • visual variables / Square pie (or unit chart or waffle chart)
  • stacked area chart
    • about / Stacked area chart
    • data variables / Stacked area chart
    • visual variables / Stacked area chart
  • stacked bar chart
    • about / Stacked bar chart (or stacked column chart)
    • data variables / Stacked bar chart (or stacked column chart)
    • visual variables / Stacked bar chart (or stacked column chart)
  • statistical analysis tools, data visualization / Charting and statistical analysis tools
  • steam graph
    • about / Stream graph
    • visual variables / Stream graph
  • stories
    • finding, visual analysis used / Using visual analysis to find stories
    • telling, example / An example of finding and telling stories
    • finding, example / An example of finding and telling stories
  • stream graph
    • data variables / Stream graph

T

  • Tableau / Preparing and familiarizing yourself with your data
    • URL / Charting and statistical analysis tools
    • about / Charting and statistical analysis tools
    • practitioners / Charting and statistical analysis tools
  • The Why Axis
    • URL / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
  • TIBCO Spotfire
    • URL / Charting and statistical analysis tools
  • TileMill
    • URL / Tools for mapping
  • tree hierarchy
    • about / Tree hierarchy
    • data variables / Tree hierarchy
    • visual variables / Tree hierarchy
  • tree maps
    • about / Tree map
    • data variables / Tree map
    • visual variables / Tree map
  • trellis chart
    • about / Small multiples (or trellis chart)
    • data variables / Small multiples (or trellis chart)
    • visual variables / Small multiples (or trellis chart)
  • Tulp Interactive
    • URL / Immerse yourself into learning about the field

V

  • Vis Check
    • URL / To represent data
  • Visual.ly
    • URL / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
  • visual analysis
    • used, for finding stories / Using visual analysis to find stories
  • visual annotation / Annotation
  • Visualising Data
    • URL / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
  • visualization
    • about / Pragmatic and analytical
  • visualization anatomy, data presentation
    • about / The visualization anatomy – data presentation
    • color / The use of color
    • interactivity, creating / Creating interactivity
    • annotation / Annotation
    • arrangement / Arrangement
  • visualization anatomy, data representation
    • about / The visualization anatomy – data representation
    • correct visualization method, selecting / Choosing the correct visualization method
    • physical properties, considering for data / Considering the physical properties of our data
    • degree of accuracy, determining in interpretation / Determining the degree of accuracy in interpretation
    • design metaphor, creating / Creating an appropriate design metaphor
    • final solution, selecting / Choosing the final solution
  • visualization method
    • selecting / Choosing the correct visualization method
  • Visualizing.org
    • URL / Immerse yourself into learning about the field
  • visual variable / Determining the degree of accuracy in interpretation

W

  • WebGL
    • about / Programming environments
    • URL / Programming environments
  • wind map / Determining the degree of accuracy in interpretation
  • Word clouds
    • about / Word cloud
    • data variables / Word cloud
    • visual variables / Word cloud
  • word clouds / Charting and statistical analysis tools
  • Wordle
    • URL / Charting and statistical analysis tools

Z

  • zoom.it
    • about / Other specialist tools