Recreating graphics from the Fundamentals of Data Visualization

Claus Wilke wrote the Fundamentals of Data Visualization – a great resource that’s definitely high on my list of recommended data visualization books. In a recent post, Claus shared the link to a GitHub repository where he hosts some of the R programming code with which Claus made the graphics for his dataviz book. The…

GIF visualizations of Type 1 and Type 2 error in relation to sample size

On twitter, I came across the tweet below showing some great GIF visualizations on the dangers of taking small samples. Created by Andrew Stewart, and tweeted by John Holbein, the visuals show samples taken from a normal distributed variable with a mean of 10 and a standard deviation of 2. In the left section, Andrew…

Zeit’s interactive visualization of the 2019 European election results

Zeit — the German newspaper — analyzed recent election results in over 80,000 regions of Europe. They discovered many patterns – from the radical left to the extremist right. Moreover, they allow you to find patterns yourself, among others in your own region. They published the summarized election results in this beautiful interactive map of…

Creating plots with custom icons for data points

Data visualizations that make smart use of icons have a way of conveying information that sticks. Dataviz professionals like Moritz Stefaner know this and use the practice in their daily work. A recent #tidytuesday entry by Georgios Karamanis demonstrates how easy it is to integrate visual icons in your data figures when you write code…

Recommended Books on Data Visualization

Data visualization and the (in)effective communication of information are salient topics on this blog. I just love to read and write about best practices related to data visualization (or bad practices), or to explore novel types of complex graphs. However, I am not always online, and I am equally fond of reading about data visualization…

Google Fonts: 915 free font families

Looking for a custom typeface to use in your data visualizations? Google Fonts is an awesome databank of nearly a thousands font families you can access, download, and use for free. If you’re into design, the website includes a blog featuring articles on font design. Google Fonts among others provided the font for my dissertation…

Animating causal inference methods

Some time back the animations below went sort of viral in the statistical programming community. In them, economics professor Nick Huntington-Klein demonstrates step-by-step how statistical tests estimate effect sizes. You will find several other animations in Nick’s original blog, and the associatedtwitter thread. Moreover, if you are interested in the R code to generate these…

Learn from the Pros: How media companies visualize data

Past months, multiple companies shared their approaches to data visualization and their lessons learned. Click the companies in the list below to jump to their respective section The Financial Times The Britisch Broadcast Corporation The Economist FiveThirtyEight Financial Times The Financial Times (FT) released a searchable database of the many data visualizations they produced over…

StatQuest: Statistical concepts, clearly explained

Josh Starmer is assistant professor at the genetics department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. But more importantly: Josh is the mastermind behind StatQuest! StatQuest is a Youtube channel (and website) dedicated to explaining complex statistical concepts — like data distributions, probability, or novel machine learning algorithms — in simple terms. Once…