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Practical data design tips from a data visualization expert ofthe modern age Data doesn?t decrease; it is ever-increasing and can beoverwhelming to organize in a way that makes sense to its intendedaudience. Wouldn?t it be wonderful if we could actually visualizedata in such a way that we could maximize its potential and tell astory in a clear, concise manner? Thanks to the creative genius ofNathan Yau, we can. With this full-color book, data visualizationguru and author Nathan Yau uses step-by-step tutorials to show youhow to visualize and tell stories with data. He explains how togather, parse, and format data and then design high qualitygraphics that help you explore and present patterns, outliers, andrelationships. * Presents a unique approach to visualizing and telling storieswith data, from a data visualization expert and the creator, Nathan Yau * Offers step-by-step tutorials and practical design tips forcreating statistical graphics, geographical maps, and informationdesign to find meaning in the numbers * Details tools that can be used to visualize data-nativegraphics for the Web, such as ActionScript, Flash libraries, PHP,and JavaScript and tools to design graphics for print, such as Rand Illustrator * Contains numerous examples and descriptions of patterns andoutliers and explains how to show them Visualize This demonstrates how to explain data visually so thatyou can present your information in a way that is easy tounderstand and appealing.

Nathan Yau is a PhD candidate in Statistics at UCLA and a lifelong data junkie. His goal is to make data available and useful to those who aren't necessarily data experts, and he focuses on data visualization and personal data collection. You can follow his visualization experiments at

See your data in new ways

Our world is awash in data. To mean anything, it must be presented in a way that enables us to interpret, analyze, and apply the information. One of the best ways to do that is visually.

Nathan Yau is a pioneer of this innovative approach. In this book, he offers you dozens of ideas for telling your story with data presented in creative, visual ways. Open the book, open your mind, and discover an almost endless variety of ways to give your data new dimensions.

  • Learn to present data with visual representations that allow your audience to see the unexpected

  • Find the stories your data can tell

  • Explore different data sources and determine effective formats for presentation

  • Experiment with and compare different visualization tools

  • Look for trends and patterns in your data and select appropriate ways to chart them

  • Establish clear goals to guide your visualizations

Visit the companion web site at for code samples, data files you can download, and interactive examples to show you how visualization works


Introduction xv

1 Telling Stories with Data 1

More Than Numbers 2

What to Look For 8

Design 13

Wrapping Up 20

2 Handling Data 21

Gather Data 22

Formatting Data 38

Wrapping Up 52

3 Choosing Tools to Visualize Data 53

Out-of-the-Box Visualization 54

Programming 62

Illustration 76

Mapping 80

Survey Your Options 88

Wrapping Up 89

4 Visualizing Patterns over Time 91

What to Look for over Time 92

Discrete Points in Time 93

Continuous Data 118

Wrapping Up 132

5 Visualizing Proportions 135

What to Look for in Proportions 136

Parts of a Whole 136

Proportions over Time 161

Wrapping Up 178

6 Visualizing Relationships 179

What Relationships to Look For 180

Correlation 180

Distribution 200

Comparison 213

Wrapping Up 226

7 Spotting Differences 227

What to Look For 228

Comparing across Multiple Variables 228

Reducing Dimensions 258

Searching for Outliers 265

Wrapping Up 269

8 Visualizing Spatial Relationships 271

What to Look For 272

Specific Locations 272

Regions 285

Over Space and Time 302

Wrapping Up 325

9 Designing with a Purpose 327

Prepare Yourself 328

Prepare Your Readers 330

Visual Cues 334

Good Visualization 340

Wrapping Up 341

Index 343

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Visualize This
The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics
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