For 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.
That’s so exciting! Congratulations!
congrats! can’t wait to have another quality resource on my shelf.
Is that Locals and Tourists in the cover? The second book that uses it in the cover! (previous was a Malofiej awards book).
The cover is something else, but some of other Eric’s work is in the book :).
Congrats Nathan. Can’t wait to get my copy.
Congrats Nathan! I’m looking forward to reading it when it comes out. Also, reading the description on Amazon, I’m interested in the notion of “rules” and “where and when you can break” them.
Congratulations, Nathan. Looking forward to it.
Will be ordering one for the Open Data Office at Buenos Aires City.
Great blog. Can I ask what skills a total novice might gain from studying your book? Keen to have a look.
@Toby — You should get quite a bit out of it. It’s all about the process of visualization and approaching data, with a lot of graphics to demonstrate.
That’s exciting. Looking forward to having another book that people keep borrowing and I have to nag to get back.
HYFR! Congrats, Nathan. Looking forward to reading your new book.
Awesome – can’t wait.
Thanks everyone :)
Congratulations! Will the book exist in Kindle format, or only paperback?
@Sérgio – Yep, it’ll be available in the major digital formats.
Absolutely outstanding. Can’t wait. Congratulations, Nathan. The Amazon write-up is very enticing. Getting ready to pre-order, following Dan Murray’s advice that this will be a “must have”.
Look forward to reading it!
Congrats on the new book! I haven’t read the blog in a while but saw the book on Amazon the other day. I noticed that it comes out on April 1st–my birthday! Happy Birthday to me. :)