Welcome to issue #148 of The Process, the newsletter for FlowingData members about how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and this week I’m remembering to start an analysis with the basics — to get over the initial hump — and then generate questions towards more specific answers. Become a member for access to this — plus tutorials, courses, and guides.
Last month I did a short Q&A about FD and my workflow. I thought I'd elaborate on one of my answers. Read More
On the surface, the decennial census seems straightforward. Count everyone in the country and you’re done. But the way we’ve done that has changed over the decades. The Pudding and Alec Barrett of TWO-N looked at the changes through the lens of questions asked: We looked at every question on every census from 1790 to 2020. The questions—over 600 in total—tell us a lot about the country’s priorities, norms, and...
There's a technical component of visualization that leans towards code, data formatting, and clicking the right buttons in the right order. Then there's everything else that makes okay charts into something much better. Read More
Hi, Data represents the real world, and visualization represents data. But sometimes data… Read More
Let's work through a practical example to see how asking and answering questions helps guide you towards more focused data graphics. Read More
When you don’t know where to start with a dataset, try to come up with a question. It’ll point you in the direction you want to go, as this guide by Frédérik Ruys shows you. [via @maartenzam] Tags: questions
“Let the data speak.” It’s a common saying for chart design. The premise — strip out the bits that don’t help patterns in your data emerge — is fine, but people often misinterpret the mantra to mean that they should make a stripped down chart and let the data take it from there. You have to guide the conversation though. You must help the data focus and get to the...