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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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

One Death is a Tragedy; a Million is a Statistic

Photograph by *Your Guide I posted a comic from xkcd last week that implied graphs and data lead to a decline in love. I…

Steve Jobs on Design

Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like… People think it's this veneer -- that the designers are handed this…

Great Data Visualization Tells a Great Story

Think of all the popular data visualization pieces out there - the ones that you always hear in lectures, read about in blogs, and the…