The Process

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✚ Visualization the Medium, the Amorphous Blobby

A couple of famous directors were defending animated films as a medium rather than a genre of film meant for kids. I got to thinking about the parallels to visualization. Read More

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✚ Data Tools and Resources Roundup, November 2018

Throughout the month I collect new tools for data and visualization and additional resources on designing data graphics. Here's the new stuff for November. Read More

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✚ Tools I Am Thankful for That Make Data Work Easier

In the spirit of the holidays, here are the tools I am most thankful for. Without them, work would be much more tedious and painful. Read More

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✚ Uses for Animation in Charts and Animating Your Own Data

Important question: Is animation in visualization even worthwhile? Well, it depends. Surprise, surprise. In this issue, I look at animation in data visualization, its uses, and how I like to think about it when I implement moving data. Read More

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✚ Election Visualization Circle of Life

Election night has become quite the event for newsrooms and graphics departments over the years, and the visualization production cycle has started to feel more familiar each time. Read More

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✚ Flourish Review: Flexible Online Visualization with Templates and No Coding

Over the next few months, I'll be looking more closely at the available visualization apps to see what works and what doesn't. In this issue, I start with Flourish. Read More

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✚ Enjoy the Curve, Tools and Additional Resources Roundup – October 2018

Hi, A couple of months ago, after almost a decade, I quietly stopped… Read More

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✚ Data Graphics Workflow

As I worked on a wide range of charts recently, I got to thinking about workflow. How does one get from dataset to finished data graphic? This is my process. Read More

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✚ No Data, Chart Dies

If the charts themselves are fairly straightforward without any dubious design choices, are you still "lying with charts" when only the data itself was manipulated? Read More

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✚ This is Misleading, This is Not Really Misleading

There's an internet joke — Godwin's Law — that says if an internet discussion goes long enough, the probability that someone mentions Hitler approaches a probability of 1. The visualization equivalent, which I hereby declare as Yau's Law, is the following: If a discussion about a chart goes long enough, the probability that someone claims the chart is misleading approaches 1. It doesn't matter how well-designed, how thorough, or how...

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