The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see.
—John W. Tukey. Exploratory Data Analysis. 1977.
FlowingData explores how statisticians, designers, data scientists, and others use analysis, visualization, and exploration to understand data and ourselves.
As for me, I’m Nathan Yau and I have a PhD in statistics from UCLA. My dissertation was on personal data collection and how we can use visualization in an everyday context. That expands to more general types of data, visualization and design for a growing audience.
I also wrote two best-selling books on how to visualize data, and the series is growing.