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Data Visualisation

Data Visualisation
A Handbook for Data Driven Design

  • Andy Kirk - Freelance data visualisation specialist and trainer

© 2016 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Voted one of the “six best books for data geeks” by The Financial Times. Read the review here.

Never has it been more essential to work in the world of data. Scholars and students need to be able to analyze, design, and curate information into useful tools of communication, insight, and understanding. Data Visualisation: A Handbook for Data Driven Design is the starting point in learning the process and skills of data visualization, teaching the concepts and skills of how to present data, and inspiring effective visual design.
Defining Data Visualisation
Data Visualisation Workflow
Formulating your Brief
Working with Data
Establishing your Editorial Perspective
Data Representation
Visualisation Literacy

In a clear and effective manner, Andy Kirk provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of data and design that is well integrated into a practical visualization workflow. Data Visualization will do much to improve literacy in both areas—a must-read, especially if you are starting in the field.

Isabel Meirelles
Professor, Faculty of Design, OCAD University, Toronto

Data visualization is much more than just data and visuals. Andy understands that successful visualizations emerge from successful processes and myriad well-informed decisions. Getting all the parts right in this interdisciplinary field is a huge challenge; every student and practitioner of data visualisation will benefit from absorbing the vast wisdom captured in this book.

Scott Murray
Assistant Professor of Design, University of San Francisco

Andy Kirk has managed to squeeze a lifetime of expertise on visualising data and telling stories using interactives into one easy-to-follow and beautifully illustrated book. For students and designers interested in creating interactive and stunningly crafted data visualisations this is a must read.

Tom Felle
Journalism, City University London

With presentation and interpretation of data central to so much today, this guide is essential reading for almost everyone!

Richard Smedley
The MagPi - The Official Raspberry Pi Magazine

The book is comprehensive and practical, taking the reader one step at a time through the process of visualising data, from how to manage the initial thinking process to how and why to choose particular colours and compose the design.

Helen Kara
SRA Research Matters
Key features
  • A flexible step-by-step journey that equips you to achieve great data visualization
  • A curated collection of classic and contemporary examples, giving illustrations of good and bad practice
  • Examples on every page to give creative inspiration
  • Illustrations of good and bad practice show you how to critically evaluate and improve your own work
  • Advice and experience from the best designers in the field
  • Loads of online practical help, checklists, case studies and exercises make this the most comprehensive text available

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Data Visualisation: Defining Data Visualisation

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