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The Data Visualization Beginner’s Toolkit #2: Visualization Tools

The Data Visualization Beginner’s Toolkit #2: Visualization Tools
(Note: if you are new to this series, the DVBTK doesn’t teach you how to do visualization. Rather it is meant to help people find a less chaotic and more effective path towards the acquisition of the necessary skills to become a data visualization pro. To know more, make sure to read the introduction to the series first.) The DVBTK #1 introduced books and study material to make sure you acquire the right knowledge in the right order. That said, it is extremely important to realize that good visualization cannot happen without practice. But if you want to do visualization you need some tools right? Here is the guidance. And there is more to come! I felt you needed to know more about each tool, so I decided to interview (at least) one data visualization professional with proven and long-lasting experience with it. Golden Rules of Visualization Tools First of all you need some fundamental rules. Rule #1: No tool will turn you into a pro. Rule #2: First learn one single tool very well. Excel Related:  Visual information resourcesanalysis

Task-Centered User Interface Design : Main page and Shareware Notice The suggested shareware fee for this book is $5.00, payable to Clayton Lewis and John Rieman. Send it to: Clayton Lewis and John Rieman P.O.Box 1543 Boulder, CO 80306 USA. If sending U.S. dollars is difficult, for example if you aren't in the U.S., send us something else you think we'd like to have. Or send us two somethings, one for each of us. This book is copyright 1993, 1994 by Clayton Lewis and John Rieman. Original files for the book are available via anonymous ftp from

Tal Raviv — Being a Developer Makes You Valuable. Learning How to Market Makes You Dangerous Being a Developer Makes You Valuable. Learning How to Market Makes You Dangerous I love engineering, and not just because I’m a nerd. The best part of engineering isn’t the technical details or the particular science behind it, rather, it’s the opportunity to solve an unfairly hard problem in a way no one has before. In business and marketing there’s a word for that kind of person – hustler – or, in the software startup space, growth hacker. As much as engineers like to joke about our counterparts in sales and marketing, the most successful sales and marketers think like engineers. I got an email from a student who reached out via our “breaking every rule” page. He described his previous entrepreneurial experience: I started a small startup which unfortunately has refused to take off am guessing the idea wasn’t all that awesome or it will pick up after a year, whatever. I checked out Wasswa’s site. After exchanging some links for getting started, Wasswa sent me this: Becoming Dangerous

17 Free Awesome Data Visualization Tools: Free Software 1. StatPlanet StatPlanet is an easy-to-use, interactive data visualization and mapping software. StatPlanet can be used to create maps, dashboards, charts, and graphs to bring your data to life. In addition to being browser-based, StatPlanet also offers the following downloads for use offline: StatPlanet Map Maker to create fully customizable interactive maps and graphs with the ability to publish them online, StatPlanet World Database to visually explore over 250 development indicators to aid in the understanding of the world, and the Graph Maker to create interactive graphs and charts. 2. Tableau Public is the free version of Tableau, a commercial data visualization software that enables you to create interactive charts, graphs, maps, and dashboards. 3. Diagramly is an online drawing application that can be used to visualize relationships, organization charts, networks, database schema, and other information. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. flare 15. 16. 17. timetoast

The Myth of the Bell Curve Color Use in Data Representation Color Use Guidelines for Data Representation [ASA presentation]Cynthia A. Brewer Department of Geography, Penn State, Paper prepared for invited presentation in Theme Session titled “Using results from perception and cognition to design statistical graphics” organized by Dan Carr for the Section on Statistical Graphics at the 1999 ASA Joint Statistical Meetings in Baltimore. This paper synthesizes my previous research papers which each include literature reviews (see bibliography), but references are not included in the body of this text. Figure pdf from the original paper is online: color_schemes_figure_B&W.pdfFor examples in color, see previous summary at, an online tool for selecting specific map color schemes. The reference for the published version of this paper is:Brewer, C. RGB and CMY? Lightness and SaturationAs I mentioned above, Hue is only one of three perceptual dimensions of color. 1.

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10 Tools for Creating Infographics and Visualizations The author's posts are entirely his or her own (excluding the unlikely event of hypnosis) and may not always reflect the views of Moz. Hello there! I'm Miranda Rensch, Product Manager at SEOmoz and lover of visual communication. Communicating visually is one of the most effective ways to explain complex concepts and relationships, and can be a great way to explain your services/products and create valuable site content. I often use diagrams and whiteboarding in order to communicate new features and concepts internally with my team. I've compiled a list of tools you can use to create visualizations, or simply use to communicate visually with your teammates. Tools for creating simple infographics and data visualizations 1. Piktochart is a web-based tool that has six decent free themes (and a whole bunch more for the paid version) for creating simple visualizations. 2. is another free web-based tool for creating infographics. 3. 4. 5. [Bonus!] Tools for diagraming and wireframing

Think Twice: How the Gut's "Second Brain" Influences Mood and Well-Being As Olympians go for the gold in Vancouver, even the steeliest are likely to experience that familiar feeling of "butterflies" in the stomach. Underlying this sensation is an often-overlooked network of neurons lining our guts that is so extensive some scientists have nicknamed it our "second brain". A deeper understanding of this mass of neural tissue, filled with important neurotransmitters, is revealing that it does much more than merely handle digestion or inflict the occasional nervous pang. The little brain in our innards, in connection with the big one in our skulls, partly determines our mental state and plays key roles in certain diseases throughout the body. Although its influence is far-reaching, the second brain is not the seat of any conscious thoughts or decision-making. This multitude of neurons in the enteric nervous system enables us to "feel" the inner world of our gut and its contents. The second brain informs our state of mind in other more obscure ways, as well.

100 Legal Sources for Free Stock Images | Mister Nifty Thank you to Laura Milligan from for this great list of free stock images. I firmly believe the church above every other entity in this world should adhere to strict ethical guidelines when dealing with digital content. Many churches use images without even thinking that they are someone else’s intellectual property. Community-Powered Content In addition to being a great source of images, these sites host forums, file sharing and other features designed to nurture community spirit. Image After: Search tons of free photos on this site while meeting other photography lovers on the Use the images however you want, just make sure you let them know where you’ve published it! Artists Welcome It’s probably pretty safe to say that every stock image site on the Web needs the help of photographers to keep it running. Less is Sometimes More Stock Images Plus There is a lot more to legal stock images than just a bank of free photos. Miscellaneous General

Teaching my 5 year old daughter to code… | In The Attic So I decided to try and teach my 5 year old daughter some basic logical thinking and development principals. My little girl's shown a keen interest in what I do for a job amongst other things recently. She's a great reader and writer for her age and so I started looking around for a simple scripting language or similar that I could teacher her. Now the thing to remember about kids is this, no matter how smart they are they all have the attention span of a gnat! I spent the next 45 minutes talking to her about how to make the robot move, at first she thought it was a game and that she had to click on stuff but she quickly got the hang of it. Here she is trying to figure out how many squares to make the on-screen robot move. This is the program before script execution. This is the program after execution. In total I spent a good hour going through stuff with her, helping her out and debugging the code with her to produce this.