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How to Make Government Data Sites Better

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

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…

Getting started with visualization after getting started with visualization

Here's where to go next once you've covered the basics of visualization. When it's time to actually start making things.

Flexible data

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…

A Survival Guide to Starting and Finishing a PhD

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.

Show me something good

Visualization is a great way to explain and describe data to people who don't know data. Good visualization lets the data speak, as they say.…

Resources for Getting Started with R

R, the open source statistical software environment, is powerful but can be a challenge to approach for beginners. For me, the best way to learn…

On low-quality infographics

This has been sitting in my drafts folder for a few months. Figured I'd just hit publish and throw it out there. Obvious statement: there…

The Don’ts of Infographic Design

Smashing Magazine offers advice on the dos and don'ts of infographic design, but they forgot to include the former. It's as if I wrote a fake post and someone mistook it for a serious guide.

5 misconceptions about visualization

Last month, I had the pleasure of spending a week at the Census Bureau as a "visiting scholar." They're looking to boost their visualization efforts…

Why learning code for data is worthwhile

There are lots of tools that have come out in the past couple of years that make data easier to handle, analyze, and visualize. Maybe…

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.…

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…

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…

The Boom of Big Infographics

Big information graphics have been around for a long time. They've come in the form of maps, visualization, art, signs, etc. That was all on…

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…

30 Resources to Find the Data You Need

Let's say you have this idea for a visualization or application, or you're just curious about some trend. But you have a problem. You can't…

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…

40 Essential Tools and Resources to Visualize Data

One of the most frequent questions I get is, "What software do you use to visualize data?" A lot of people are excited to play…