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Data Visualisation

Data Visualisation
A Handbook for Data Driven Design

Second Edition (Revised Edition)
  • Andy Kirk - Freelance data visualisation specialist and trainer

July 2019 | 346 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

One of the "six best books for data geeks" - Financial Times

With over 200 images and extensive how-to and how-not-to examples, this new edition has everything students and scholars need to understand and create effective data visualisations.

Combining ‘how to think’ instruction with a ‘how to produce’ mentality, this book takes readers step-by-step through analysing, designing, and curating information into useful, impactful tools of communication.

With this book and its extensive collection of online support, readers can:

- Decide what visualisations work best for their data and their audience using the chart gallery

- See data visualisation in action and learn the tools to try it themselves

- Follow online checklists, tutorials, and exercises to build skills and confidence

- Get advice from the UK’s leading data visualisation trainer on everything from getting started to honing the craft.

Chapter 1 Defining Data Visualisation
Chapter 2 The Visualisation Design Process
Chapter 3 Formulating Your Brief
Chapter 4 Working With Data
Chapter 5 Establishing Your Editorial Thinking
Chapter 6 Data Representation
Chapter 7 Interactivity
Chapter 8 Annotation
Chapter 9 Colour
Chapter 10 Composition

Many books focus on using software to visualise data but fewer consider good design. Data Visualisation addresses this in an inherently practical way. This is a much needed book which recognises and clarifies the process of designing excellent graphics.

Chris Playford
University of Exeter
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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