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…

Daily Art by Saskia Freeke

Saskia Freeke (twitter) is a Dutch artist, creative coder, interaction designer, visual designer, and educator working from Amsterdam. She has been creating an awesome digital art piece for every day since January 1st 2015. Her ever-growing collection includes some animated, visual masterpieces. My personal favorites are Saskia’s moving works, her GIFs: Saskia uses Processing to…

18 Pitfalls of Data Visualization

Maarten Lambrechts is a data journalist I closely follow online, with great delight. Recently, he shared on Twitter his slidedeck on the 18 most common data visualization pitfalls. You will probably already be familiar with most, but some (like #14) were new to me: Save pies for dessert Don’t cut bars Don’t cut time axes…

#100DaysOfCode: Machine Learning & Data Visualization

2018 seemed to be the year of challenges going viral on the web. Most of them were plain stupid and/or dangerous. However, one viral challenge I did like: #100DaysOfCode 1. Code minimum an hour every day for the next 100 days. 2. Tweet your progress every day with the #100DaysOfCode hashtag. 3. Each day, reach…

Animated vs. Static Data Visualizations

GIFs or animations are rising quickly in the data visualization world (see for instance here). However, in my personal experience, they are not as widely used in business settings. You might even say animations are frowned by, for instance, LinkedIn, which removed the option to even post GIFs on their platform! Nevertheless, animations can be…

Data Visualization Tools & Resources

There’s this amazing overview of helpful dataviz resources atwww.visualisingdata.com/resources! Browse through hundreds of helpful data visualization tools, programs, and services. All neatly organized by Andy Kirk in categories: data handling, applications, programming, web-based, qualitative, mapping, specialist, and colour. What a great repository! Looking for expert books on data visualization?Have a look at these recommendations!

Chatterplots

I’ve mentioned before that I dislike wordclouds (for instance here, or here) and apparently others share that sentiment. In his recent Medium blog, Daniel McNichol goes as far as to refer to the wordcloud as the pie chart of text data! Among others, Daniel calls wordclouds disorienting, one-dimensional, arbitrary and opaque and he mentions their lack of order,…

dygraphs

Today I learned about dygraphs, a fast, flexible open source JavaScript charting library. As everything in JavaScript, the charts produced by dygraphs integrate completely in the webbrowser and are thus very functional and interactive. See, for instance, the below where the graph highlights the y-axis value for both time series in the graph based on the x-axis…