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Visualizations That Really Work. Not long ago, the ability to create smart data visualizations, or dataviz, was a nice-to-have skill.

Visualizations That Really Work

For the most part, it benefited design- and data-minded managers who made a deliberate decision to invest in acquiring it. That’s changed. Now visual communication is a must-have skill for all managers, because more and more often, it’s the only way to make sense of the work they do. Data is the primary force behind this shift. Decision making increasingly relies on data, which comes at us with such overwhelming velocity, and in such volume, that we can’t comprehend it without some layer of abstraction, such as a visual one. But even information that’s not statistical demands visual expression. Thanks to the internet and a growing number of affordable tools, translating information into visuals is now easy (and cheap) for everyone, regardless of data skills or design skills. Managers who want to get better at making charts often start by learning rules.

The Two Questions The Four Types. Visualization. Global terrain maps from Stamen Missed this one from last month.


Stamen announced the release of a whole lot of new terrain map tiles for around the world. Four billion of them. The original Terrain… Heptathlon rankings with parallel coordinates The Guardian covered the rankings for the women’s heptathlon, specifically how Nafissatou Thiam from Belgium pulled off a surprise gold. Long-exposure bird flights Using a long-exposure photography technique, Xavi Bou captured bird flight patterns in his series Ornitographies.

Every fastest man on one track The New York Times has been pulling from the vault for this year’s Olympics, adapting previous graphics to current results. Generate your own fantasy map. Information is Beautiful. Data Visualization Fundamentals. Ready to watch this entire course?

Data Visualization Fundamentals

Become a member and get unlimited access to the entire skills library of over 4,900 courses, including more Design and personalized recommendations. Start Your Free Trial Now Overview Transcript View Offline Exercise Files Released Got a big idea? Visual. System Mapping. System mapping, the process of creating visual tools that describe a system, is a critical step in systems change that brings together stakeholders from across organizations and sectors to develop a common understanding of a given system.

System Mapping

Breaking down the mapping process into 3 stages—preparation, facilitation, and revision—this guide provides detailed instructions, helpful hints, and visual examples for practitioners to follow as they create one type of system map called an actor map. Top Takeaways Actor maps identify individuals and organizations that are key players in a certain space and shows how they are connected.Due to the complexity of systems, no 2 actor maps will be exactly alike.

This guide helps practitioners create an actor mapping process customized to the specific context of their evaluation or initiative.Creating a comprehensive actor map requires both explicit data from evaluations and studies, and implicit knowledge from the participants. t552site. Bite Sized Reports: Moving from Bland to Delicious in Evaluation Reporting - ExposeYourMuseum. Visual Voice. Guide to Dashboard Design. A podcast on data visualization with Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner. Infographic of the Day. Data Visualization Best Practices 2013. DataIsBeautiful. Visualization. Visualizing data through charts, graphs, and diagrams helps you deliver bite-sized information that viewers will understand at a glance and retain for the long run.


During my workshops, webinars, and training videos, we focus on researcher-specific considerations: designing with stakeholders’ information needs front and center, using readily available software like Microsoft Excel, and thinking through dozens of chart types—dot plots, small multiples, heat maps, and more—that can be applied to the social sciences. My goal is to equip you with critical thinking skills and technical know-how create visualizations faster and easier than you ever thought was possible. Read my latest articles about selecting appropriate chart types, applying best practices to your charts, and more.

View excerpts from my latest conference presentations and read my articles that are guest-published through other organizations’ blogs. Is your team overdue to step up your data game? Sample Agenda Length Location. Darkhorse Analytics. Extreme Presentations. Mapping the 2010 U.S. Census. Intentional Data Visualization & Evaluation Reporting. Expert Evaluation and Statistical Consulting. Storytelling with data. The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization. Data visualisation: Hans Rosling's greatest hits. Visual Business Intelligence. For data sensemakers and others who are concerned with the integrity of data sensemaking and its outcomes, the most important book published in 2016 was Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, by Cathy O’Neil.

Visual Business Intelligence

This book is much more than a clever title. It is a clarion call of imminent necessity. Data can be used in harmful ways. This fact has become magnified to an extreme in the so-called realm of Big Data, fueled by an indiscriminate trust in information technologies, a reliance on fallacious correlations, and an effort to gain efficiencies no matter the cost in human suffering. In Weapons of Math Destruction, O’Neil reveals the dangers of data-sensemaking algorithms that employ statistics to score people and institutions for various purposes in ways that are unsound, unfair, and yes, destructive.

O’Neil defines WMDs as algorithms that exhibit three characteristics: They are opaque (i.e., inscrutable black boxes). The Work of Edward Tufte and Graphics Press. Edward Tufte is a statistician and artist, and Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Statistics, and Computer Science at Yale University.

The Work of Edward Tufte and Graphics Press

He wrote, designed, and self-published 4 classic books on data visualization. The New York Times described ET as the "Leonardo da Vinci of data," and Business Week as the "Galileo of graphics. " He is now writing a book/film The Thinking Eye and constructing a 234-acre tree farm and sculpture park in northwest Connecticut, which will show his artworks and remain open space in perpetuity. He founded Graphics Press, ET Modern gallery/studio, and Hogpen Hill Farms LLC. Visual Display of Quantitative Information 200 pages Envisioning Information 128 pages Visual Explanations 160 pages Beautiful Evidence 214 pages Same paper and printing as in original clothbound editions.

All 4 clothbound books, autographed by author $150 Available directly from Graphics Press. Innovate and communicate with graphic recording & facilitation. Data Visualizations in Evaluation field and others. Visual CV. Visual strategic planning and outcomes tool. Visualising Data.