Visualize This demonstrates how to explain data visually so that you can present your information in a way that is easy to understand and appealing.
Whether it's statistical charts, geographic maps, or the snappy graphical statistics you see on your favorite news sites, the art of data graphics or visualization is fast becoming a movement of its own. In Data Points: Visualization That Means Something, author Nathan Yau presents an intriguing complement to his bestseller Visualize This, this time focusing on the graphics side of data analysis. Using examples from art, design, business, statistics, cartography, and online media, he explores both standard-and not so standard-concepts and ideas about illustrating data.Shares intriguing ideas from Nathan Yau, author of Visualize This and creator of flowingdata.com, with over 66,000 subscribers Focuses on visualization, data graphics that help viewers see trends and patterns they might not otherwise see in a table Includes examples from the author's own illustrations, as well as from professionals in statistics, art, design, business, computer science, cartography, and more Examines standard rules across all visualization applications, then explores when and where you can break those rules
Create visualizations that register at all levels, with Data Points: Visualization That Means Something.
Data Points focuses on the approach to visualization and data. Visualization is a medium that can be used as a tool, art, a way to tell stories, etc., Data Points guides readers through making data approachable through visualization techniques and best practices. The focus is on designing with a purpose in mind. Data Points discusses why recipes (from the rules) work and expands on how readers can make their own recipes. The book is example-driven, featuring work from people in areas of art, design, business, statistics, computer science, cartography, and online media, as well as many of the author's own illustrations. The major sections of the book cover:Visualization as Medium -- In the same way not all movies are documentaries, not all visualization is about optimal visual perception. Data Representation -- There are rules across all visualization applications, such as the use of appropriate shapes to accurately represent values. Design with Purpose -- Rules can be broken though. It all depends on who and what you're designing for.
Data Points digs deep into the foundations of data visualization:Understanding Data and Visualization Representing Data Exploring Data Visually Designing for an Audience Visualizing with Clarity Putting Everything Into Practice with Tools and Resources