7 Top Data Visualization Books for Inquisitive Minds
Do you want to learn the history of data visualization? Or do you want to learn how to create more engaging visualizations and see some examples? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the amount of information available today, which is why sometimes the answer can be as simple as picking up a good book.
These seven amazing data visualization books are a great place for you to get started:
1) Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten, Second Edition
This is the most accessible, complete, and practical guide available for designing tables and graphs. Learn how to communicate numerical information clearly and simply. This instructional book, written by Stephen Few, should be required reading for every business person, researcher, marketer, or journalist.
2) The Accidental Analyst: Show Your Data Who’s Boss
If you aren’t an analyst, what do you do when you find yourself drowning in data? How do you take control of your data and answer big questions? The Accidental Analyst teaches you how to be successful with your data, regardless of your data experience. Read this book for inspiration, ideas, and confidence to tackle problems.
3) Information Graphics
This beautiful coffee table book explores 200 projects and over 400 examples of contemporary information graphics from all over the world — ranging from journalism to art, government, education, business and more. It also features essays from data visualization experts; looking back all the way to primitive cave paintings as a means of communication.
4) Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics
5) Storytelling with Data
Storytelling with Data teaches you the fundamentals of data visualization and how to communicate effectively with data. Storytelling is a skill you need to practice, especially when it comes to data visualization. Nussbaumer has been analyzing data and using it to tell stories for over a decade, so she is prepared to show you how to go above and beyond.
6) Cool Infographics
A cool infographic tells a data-driven story in a visually engaging and effective way. More than just pictures, colorful charts, or text — infographics create the type of visual information that your audience understands fast and retains. Randy Krum teaches you the fundamentals of infographics whether you are a novice or experienced professional.
7) Designing Data Visualizations: Representing Informational Relationships
This quick-read book aims to demystify the design process by showing you how to use a linear decision-making process to encode your information visually. Learn different kinds of visualizations and explore the influences at work in each one. Then learn how to design and share like a pro!
Do you love the books we mentioned, or would you like to suggest a book we may have left off? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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