Tools

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✚ Chart Tool Snob

Welcome to issue #188 of The Process, the newsletter for FlowingData members that looks closer at how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and this week I’m thinking about a snobby comment about tools. Become a member for access to this — plus tutorials, courses, and guides.

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✚ Finding New Visualization Tools for a New Point of View – The Process 171

Welcome to issue #171 of The Process, the newsletter for FlowingData members about how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and this week, while gently making my way out of the holidays, I’m thinking about finding new tools and mediums for the new year. Become a member for access to this — plus tutorials, courses, and guides.

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✚ Not the Best List of Visualization Tools – The Process 164

Welcome to issue #164 of The Process, the newsletter for FlowingData members that looks closer at how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and this week I’m thinking about how the many uses of visualization spawned about a million and one tools to view data. Become a member for access to this — plus tutorials, courses, and guides.

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Book Review: Visualizing with Text by Richard Barth

The creative process is sometimes described in terms of diverge-converge cycles. The diverge step involves experimentation and rewards suspending disbelief, while excesses are curbed and concepts refined during the converge step. Richard Brath's just-released book Visualizing with Text is an important resource that expands our appreciation for the place of text in visual displays. Books on data visualization fall into recognizable types, of which two popular ones are the style...

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✚ The Process 103 – End Result

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

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✚ Small Tools for Visualization (The Process 101)

We know the big ones. Now here are the small ones. Focused. Efficient. Read More

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Whither the youth vote

The youth turnout is something that politicians and pundits bring up constantly when talking about the current U.S. presidential primaries. So I decided to look for the data. I found some data at the United States Election Project, a site maintained by Dr. Michael McDonald. The key chart is this one: This is classic Excel. *** Here is a quick fix: The key to the fix is to recognize the...

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This Excel chart looks standard but gets everything wrong

The following CNBC chart (link) shows the trend of global car sales by region (or so we think). This type of chart is quite common in finance/business circles, and has the fingerprint of Excel. After examining it, I nominate it for the Hall of Shame. *** The chart has three major components vying for our attention: (1) the stacked columns, (2) the yellow line, and (3) the big red dashed...

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✚ The Best Visualization Course I Ever Took; Membership Update with New Points of View (The Process #65)

This week I reminisce back to when I didn't know anything about visualization, and all I wanted to do was solve analysis problems. Also, some fun updates on the way, exclusively for members. Read More

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✚ Select Your Weapon (The Process #48)

Some people love the Tidyverse in R. Others are less fond of it. For me, the more tools the better. Read More

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