The purpose of data visualization is to provide a layout that relays lots of information quickly. Good visualizations help the user understand complicated data without..
Visualizing Likert Scale Data: Same Data, Displayed Seven Different Ways
Working with research and evaluations teams, I’m often faced with the question of how to effectively display Likert scale data. If you are not familiar..
Constructing a Career in Data Visualization: The How
In my first essay, I touted my status as a “self-taught” designer and developer — this was a lie. Or rather, a mischaracterization, for almost no..
Simply Scattered: Enhancing Color With Geometry in a Visualization
In my previous “Colorizing a Visualization” writing, I covered the analogous and complementary color harmonies. Today, I will discuss a hybrid of the two harmonies..
From Camera Roll to Color Harmony: Greening a Visualization
A smart phone with a camera allows us to easily capture images of colors and the world around us. With an app like Adobe Capture, it..
Color Brewing the Perfect Storm
Today, I describe my previous 2008 efforts to colorize a Perfect Storm data simulation while I was at the Renaissance Computing Institute at North Carolina State University...
Can Data Visualization Help Us Talk to Children About Earth?
Writing with visual alphabets As a data visualization designer, I think about the pieces I’m working on as the visual equivalent of articles or stories...
The Blues of Color Harmony
As noted previously in “Colorizing a Visualization,” Color Harmony is the process of choosing colors on a Color Wheel that work well together in the composition of..
Colorizing a Visualization
The flow chart above diagrams the process of colorizing a visualization using blank templates from the Interaction of Color app, an invaluable tool both for learning about..
Constructing a Career in Dataviz: Getting Started
In 1984, when my parents were searching for their first home together, my dad decided the best solution — given their limited budget — was..
How to Use Whitespace, the Punctuation Between Visual Elements
This is the first in a series of articles that illustrate how basic design principles can improve information display. The next installment will apply some..
Designing for Charts
This is the third in a series of articles that illustrate how basic design principles can improve information display. Previous articles focused on whitespace and..
Sweet Love: Popular Wedding Songs Reimagined As Cupcakes
These days, it seems, you can’t attend a wedding without hearing the soft croon of Ed Sheeran at some point. It got me thinking, is..
How to Choose Colors for Your Data Visualizations
Color is a major factor in creating effective charts. A good set of colors will highlight the story you want the data to tell, while..
Pros and Cons of Chart Taxonomies
Chart taxonomies are a popular starting place for people new to data visualization, but do they unnecessarily constrain our thinking and ignore the fundamentals of..
What Are Data Visualization Style Guidelines?
Organizations like Google and London City Intelligence have extended their design systems to include standards specifically for data visualization. This speaks to the growing importance of using data and..
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