Online Workshop Tidy Data Science in R, by Jake Thompson

Here’s a website hosting for a five-day hands-on workshop based on the book “R for Data Science”. The workshop was originally offered as part of the Stats Camp: Summer Statistical Institute in Lawrence, KS and hosted by the Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis and the Achievement and Assessment Instituteat the University of Kansas. It is designed for those who…

3D visual representations of common neural network architectures

Came across this awesome Youtube video that blew my mind. Definitely a handy resource if you want to explain the inner workings of neural networks. Have a look! Reminded me of my other go-to resource when it comes to explaining neural nets, the playlists by 3Blue1Brown: I’ll surely add these to the other neural network…

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…

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…

Visualization innovations: Waffleplots and Swarmplots

Last year witnessed the creation of many novel types of data visualization. Some lesser known ones, jokingly referred to as xenographics, I already discussed. Two new visualization formats seem to stick around though. And as always, it was not long before someone created special R packages for them. Get ready to meet waffleplots and swarmplots! Waffleplot…

Animated Snow in R, 2.0: gganimate API update

Last year, inspired by a tweet from Ilya Kashnitsky, I wrote a snow animation which you can read all about here.  Now, this year, the old code no longer worked due to an update to the gganimate API. Hence, I was about to only refactor the code, but decided to give the whole thing a minor update. Below,…