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Chart doesn’t work for colorblind

In regards to a performance chart posted by Netflix, Andy Baio, who along with around 7 percent of men, is colorblind, explains why it's so hard to read the chart.…

Target for charting excellence

The scales for what qualifies as pretty and useful change depending on the application and purpose, but you always aim for the same quadrant. The best data graphics come from…

Learn the rules of data graphics so you can bend them

If you take away anything from The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, make it the epilogue. This is the most important part: Design is choice. The theory of the visual…

Graph Design Rule #2: Explain your encodings

This is part two in a seven-part series on basic rules for graph design. Rule #1 was to check your data. Today we cover rule #2: explain your encodings. The…

Graph Design Rule #1: Check the data

Now that we've covered the 7 basic rules to graph design, it's time to go deeper, starting with the first: check the data. I have to admit. Data checking is…

Redesign of the Federal IT Dashboard

About a year after the launch of the Federal IT Dashboard, business intelligence consultancy Juice Analytics focuses on five areas — message, flow, charts, context, and design fundamentals — where…

Process: Mapping War Logs for the Guardian

This is a guest post by Alastair Dant, interactive lead at the Guardian. He describes the efforts that went into designing the recently published war logs map of incidents revealed…

7 Basic Rules for Making Charts and Graphs

Charts and graphs have found their way into news, presentations, and comics, with users from art to design to statistics. The design principles for these data graphics will vary depending…

Why context is as important as the data itself

John Allen Paulos, a math professor at Temple University, explains, in the New York Times, the importance of the before and after of when you get that data blobby thing…

The path to successful infographics

Most people don't know what actually goes into a good infographic. There's a lot more to it than just the design. There's research, analysis, and fact-checking that you have to do long before you open Illustrator. Sarah Slobin, from the Wall Street Journal, explains how to create successful infographics.

Major wood pallet fires?

I put this up only because I had no idea wood pallet risks were such a hot topic. No pun intended. Of course, if you compare number of pallet fires…

Visualizing data: ask a question first

There is no way to think up an original and extraordinary design—it can only come as a result of pursuing a given task. In the same way running down a…

Graphical perception – learn the fundamentals first

Before you dive into the advanced stuff - like just about everything in your life - you have to learn the fundamentals before you know when you can break the rules.

Think like a statistician – without the math

I call myself a statistician, because, well, I'm a statistics graduate student. However, the most important things I've learned are less formal, but have proven extremely useful when working/playing with data.

11 Ways to Visualize Changes Over Time – A Guide

Deal with data? No doubt you've come across the time-based variety. This is a guide to help you figure out what type of visualization to use to see that stuff.

9 Ways to Visualize Proportions – A Guide

With all the visualization options out there, it can be hard to figure out what graph or chart suits your data best. This is a guide to make your decision…

Chart Junk vs. Eye Candy: What’s the Difference?

Photo by horizontal.integration There's this one phrase that really bothers me when it comes to data graphics. No doubt you've heard it or read it, and maybe it even popped…

What Visualization Tool/Software Should You Use? – Getting Started

Are you looking to get into data visualization, but don't quite know where to begin? With all of the available tools to help you visualize data, it can be confusing…

6 Easy Steps to Make Your Graph (Really) Ugly

We spend so much time trying to make our graphs accurate, simple, understandable, etc that we forget the lost art of making graphs that are inaccurate, unreadable, make absolutely no…

Rise of the Data Scientist

Photo by majamarko As we've all read by now, Google's chief economist Hal Varian commented in January that the next sexy job in the next 10 years would be statisticians.…

Data Visualization is Only Part of the Answer to Big Data

How can we now cope with a large amount of data and still do a thorough job of analysis so that we don't miss the Nobel Prize? — Bill Cleveland,…

Flow Chart Shows You What Chart to Use

Amit Agarwal, of Digital Inspiration, posts this Andrew Abela creates this flow chart that helps you decide, well, what type of chart to use. Start in the middle with what…