The library of data visualization

The library of data visualization

Getting ready for my Data Science class (starting next week!) I am updating my data visualization library, looking for resources to help students learn about visualization.

Last week I asked Twitter to help me find resources, especially new ones.  Here’s the thread.  Thank you to everyone who responded!

I’ll try to summarize and organize the responses.  I am mostly interested in books and web pages about visualization, rather than examples of it or tools for doing it.

There are lots of good books; to impose some order, I put them in three categories: newer work, the usual suspects, and moldy oldies.

Newer books

The following are some newer books (or at least new to me).

Fundamentals of Data Visualization, by Claus O. Wilke (online preview of a book forthcoming from O’Reilly)

Data Visualization: A practical introduction Kieran Healy (free online draft)

Data Visualization: Charts, Maps, and Interactive Graphics Robert Grant

Data Visualisation: A Handbook for Data Driven Design by Andy Kirk

Dear Data by Giorgia Lupi, Stefanie Posavec

Established books

The following are more established books that appear on most lists.

The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization by Alberto Cairo

The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication by Alberto Cairo

Interactive Data Visualization for the Web by Scott Murray

Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data through the Eyes of Experts by Julie Steele

Designing Data Visualizations: Representing Informational Relationships by Noah Iliinsky, Julie Steele

Visualization Analysis and Design by Tamara Munzner

Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics by Nathan Yau

Data Points: Visualization That Means Something by Nathan Yau

Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten by Stephen Few

Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis by Stephen Few

Older books

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte

The Elements of Graphing Data by William S. Cleveland

Websites and blogs

Again, I mostly went for sites that are about visualization, rather than examples of it.

Junk Charts

The Graphic Continuum

information is beautiful

From Data to Viz

The Data Visualisation Catalogue

Storytelling with Data


More references and resources from MPA 635: DATA VISUALIZATION

Videos and podcasts

The Art of Data Visualization | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios

Data Stories A podcast on data visualization with Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner

Python-specific resources

Python Plotting for Exploratory Data Analysis

The Python Graph Gallery

How to visualize data in Python

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