Resources Around Data Visualization

Lauren Cramer

September 29th, 2014

Data visualization resources to help in your designs

It’s difficult to take a large amount of data and turn it into a design that’s easy for anyone to understand. Figuring out what patterns to look for, when to use static versus interaction patterns, and how shapes, overlaps and colors are used, are key elements when designing for data visualization.

Resources from UX experts

Stephen Anderson

Stephen Anderson

Podcast: Deciphering Data through Design

In this podcast with Jared Spool, Stephen outlines what he calls the 7 Problems of Understanding. These range from problems of comprehension to problems of discovery and more. Each of these problems is usually brought about by a design or display decision.
Transcript to the podcast

Noah Iliinsky

Noah Iliinsky

Podcast: The Power of Data Visualizations

A common trap in designing data visualizations is focusing on all the different ways to represent the data, rather than the questions that the data should answer. The presentation of a data set is pointless if it’s not useful, usable, or if people can’t understand it.
Transcript to the podcast

Brian Suda

Brian Suda

Article: The Top 20 Data Visualization Tools

One of the most common questions I get asked is how to get started with data visualizations. Beyond following blogs, you need to practise – and to practise, you need to understand the tools available. In this article, I want to introduce you to 20 different tools for creating visualizations: from simple charts to complex graphs, maps and infographics.

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Daylong workshop

Stephen Anderson

Stephen Anderson

Designing for Understanding

Spend a day with Stephen Anderson at the User Interface 19 Conference, October 27-29, 2014 in Boston. He’ll show you how to wrangle information and display it in a way to help users make informed decisions. Identify different learning patterns and content themes before jumping to visuals. Explore Stephen’s workshop

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