• Economist spotting

    July 11, 2013  |  Data Points

    It was surprisingly hard for me to find a physical copy of this week's The Economist, but I got it. Pretty awesome:

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  • Reading the data

    July 6, 2013  |  Data Points

    The Economist covered a handful of visualization books in this week's issue, and Data Points was in the bunch (nice). Here is the review's accompanying video:

  • Data Points: Sample chapter

    May 10, 2013  |  Data Points

    It's hard to believe it's been over a month since Data Points: Visualization That Means Something hit the shelves. Thanks to all of you for the tweets, emails, and pictures of the book in the wild. Every one make me smile, and I'm glad that people are finding it helpful.

    In case you're still deciding, here's a sample chapter from the book. It's Chapter 3 on representing data and should give you a good idea of what to expect. And of course it's way sexier in print.
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  • Introducing Data Points

    April 4, 2013  |  Data Points

    Whoa, that was fast. Data Points is now available. Thanks to all of you for making this possible.

  • Data Points: Preview

    April 3, 2013  |  Data Points

    Data Points by Nathan Yau

    This appeared at my door today. It's awesome.

    I suspect those who pre-ordered Data Points (thanks!) should receive their copies soon.
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  • Data Points: What it’s like to write a book

    March 25, 2013  |  Data Points

    Data Points numbers

    As the publication of Data Points nears, I'm excited to hold it in my hands just like I was the first time. It feels weird to say that. In college, a 5-page report seemed like too much to handle, and I would hunt for fonts that took the most space and fiddled with margins to produce more pages, without making it look like I did. I guess a lot can happen in 10 years. Heck, a lot can happen in a few months.

    I think the difference is that now I'm writing about something that's interesting to me — topics that I immerse myself in for fun — which makes the book-writing process fun.

    Sure, it can be challenging at times, but in the best way possible. Here's my experience with Data Points.
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  • Data Points: First look

    January 22, 2013  |  Data Points

    Data Points: Visualization that Means SomethingFor the past year, I've been working on Data Points: Visualization that Means Something, and you can pre-order it now.

    Visualization has grown a lot in the 5-something years I've written for FlowingData. It's not just a tool for analysis anymore. Visualization is a way to express data, and it comes in the form of information graphics, entertainment, everyday interfaces, data art, and yeah, tools, too. Your approach to data and visualization changes based on application.

    But even with all these (awesome) new applications, there's a constant across all of them: the data.

    Data Points starts here, and takes you through the process of understanding data, representing it, exploring it, and designing for different applications. Whereas Visualize This was about getting your feet wet with lots of code examples, Data Points is code-independent and is a perfect complement that helps you understand and allow others to understand data better, which is sorta the whole point.

    The manuscript is written, the 240 graphics (by me and many of your favorites) are set, and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

    It'll officially be out late March or early April. Crazy, nerve-racking, and exciting all at the same time.

    More details to come. Until then: pre-order the book today.

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