Learning to Data
Tutorials, Books, and Guides
Geographic data is often available as a shapefile, and there's plenty of heavy software to get that data in a map. R is an open source option, and as a bonus, much of the work can be done in a few lines of code.
Customizing your charts doesn't have to be a time-intensive process. With just a teeny bit more effort, you can get something that fits your needs.
Small multiples are great, and the right interactions can make them even better. A primer and a how-to.
You have a list of things that can be ordered by different values. Let them sort themselves out.
Choropleth maps are useful to show values for areas on a map, but they can be limited. In contrast, dot density maps are sometimes better for showing distributions within regions.
Guides and Tips
Accessing government data from the source is frustrating. If you've done it, or at least tried to, you know the pain that is oddly formatted…
Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan promises a fun, non-boring introduction to statistics that doesn't leave you drifting off into space, thinking about anything that is…
Here's where to go next once you've covered the basics of visualization. When it's time to actually start making things.
Data is an abstraction of something that happened in the real world. How people move. How they spend money. How a computer works. The tendency…
Tips on making it through, what I would tell my previous self going in, and advice on taking advantage of the unique opportunity that is graduate school.