Better Data Visualizations (häftad)
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Columbia University Press
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533 color charts, graphs, and illustrations. 1 table
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Better Data Visualizations

A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks

Häftad,  Engelska, 2021-02-09
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Now more than ever, content must be visual if it is to travel far. Readers everywhere are overwhelmed with a flow of data, news, and text. Visuals can cut through the noise and make it easier for readers to recognize and recall information. Yet many researchers were never taught how to present their work visually. This book details essential strategies to create more effective data visualizations. Jonathan Schwabish walks readers through the steps of creating better graphs and how to move beyond simple line, bar, and pie charts. Through more than five hundred examples, he demonstrates the dos and donts of data visualization, the principles of visual perception, and how to make subjective style decisions around a charts design. Schwabish surveys more than eighty visualization types, from histograms to horizon charts, ridgeline plots to choropleth maps, and explains how each has its place in the visual toolkit. It might seem intimidating, but everyone can learn how to create compelling, effective data visualizations. This book will guide you as you define your audience and goals, choose the graph that best fits for your data, and clearly communicate your message.
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Jonathan Schwabish is an economist and writer, teacher, and creator of policy-relevant data visualizations. He helps nonprofits, research institutions, and governments at all levels improve how they communicate their work and findings to their colleagues, partners, clients, and constituents. He is the author of Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks (Columbia, 2016).


Introduction Part I: Principles of Data Visualization 1. Visual Processing and Perceptual Rankings 2. Five Guidelines for Better Data Visualizations 3. Form and Function Part II: Chart Types 4. Comparing Categories 5. Time 6. Distribution 7. Geospatial 8. Relationship 9. Part-to-Whole 10. Qualitative 11. Tables Part III: Designing and Redesigning Your Visual 12. Developing a Data Visualization Style Guide 13. Redesigns Conclusion Appendix 1. Data Visualization Tools Appendix 2. Further Reading and Resources Acknowledgments References Index