Defaults are generalized settings to work with many datasets. This is fine for analysis, but data graphics for presentation benefit from contextspecific design.
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How to Make BetterLooking, More Readable Charts in R

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Wrong Tool, Right Tool, More Tools for Visualization
Welcome to the new membersonly newsletter: The Process. In this first update, a certain data graphics expert seems to really dislike R, which prompts a look into the visualization tools we use and what one might get out of a bigger toolbox.

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How to Visualize Ranges of Data in R
When you want to focus on the magnitude of differences between low and high values, use visual cues that highlight distance.

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How I Made That: National Dot Density Map
Mapping one dot per person, it’s all about putting the pieces together.

Convert an image to LEGO brick shopping list in R
Every day you wish you could convert a picture of your family or…

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3D Printing: How to Prepare the Data in R
Moving your data from the digital screen to something more physical isn’t as tricky as it seems. Here’s how I did it.

Data, R, and a 3D Printer
We almost always look at data through a screen. It’s quick and good for exploration. So is there value in making data physical? I played around with a 3D printer to find out.

Datasets for teaching data science
Rafael Irizarry introduces the dslabs package for reallife datasets to teach data science:…

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How to Make Chord Diagrams in R
Show connections in the circular layout for a more compact presentation.

Traveling salesman image drawing
This is a fun drawing experiment in R by Antonio Sánchez Chinchón. A…

Outlier detection in R
Speaking of outliers, it’s not always obvious when and why a data point…

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How to Make Unit Charts with Icon Images in R
Make the unit chart less abstract with icons that represent the data, or use this in place of a bar chart.

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How to Make Venn Diagrams in R
The usually abstract, qualitative and sometimes quantitative chart type shows relationships. You can make them in R, if you must.

Field Guide to the R Ecosystem
If you’re looking to acquaint yourself with R — the noncoding aspects of…

R data structures for Excel users
Introducing yourself to R as an Excel user can be tricky, especially when…

12 Days of ChaRtmas
As everyone has already checked out for the rest of the year, I’m going to mess around with R to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas and nobody can stop me.

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How to Make a State Map Grid with Small Multiples in R
Combining small multiples with the grid layout can make for an intuitive geographic reference.

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Compact Ways to Visualize Distributions in R
For when you want to show or compare several distributions but don’t have a lot of space.

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Getting Started with Network Graphs in R
Add the vertices. Connect them with edges. Repeat as necessary.

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How to Make (and Animate) a Circular Time Series Plot in R
Also known as a polar plot, it is usually not the better option over a standard line chart, but in select cases the method can be useful to show cyclical patterns.