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Join us for our week-long celebration of the intersection between entertainment and data visualization


Why you should incorporate sketching into your data viz process—and how to get started

While many of us are working from home, self-isolating, or social distancing, the Data Visualization Society planned a series of online conversational sessions, or Fireside Chats, with professionals from our community on topics that are interesting and important for the data viz community. Each session features a panel of people answering questions from participants in a Zoom webinar format and will be posted to Nightingale over the coming days.

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Sketching and Visualizing Data

Sketching is a useful method for visualizing information. It can lend a visualization more humanity, feel more accessible to viewers, and helps move beyond the tool “default.”…


Tackling the sticky questions about best practices, breaking the “rules” of cartography, and more

While many of us are working from home, self-isolating, or social distancing, the Data Visualization Society planned a series of online conversational sessions, or Fireside Chats, with professionals from our community on topics that are interesting and important for the data viz community. Each session features a panel of people answering questions from participants in a Zoom webinar format and will be posted to Nightingale over the coming days.

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DVS Fireside Chat on Mapping

Our third Fireside Chat is all about maps. We tackle the sticky questions about best practices, when to break the “rules” of cartography, and let our…


Visualization is one of the most effective tools for communicating about public health, but it’s important to do so responsibly

While many of us are working from home, self-isolating, or social distancing, the Data Visualization Society planned a series of online conversational sessions, or Fireside Chats, with professionals from our community on topics that are interesting and important for the data viz community. Each session features a panel of people answering questions from participants in a Zoom webinar format and will be posted to Nightingale over the coming days.

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As COVID-19 has spread and impacted people all over the globe, it has highlighted that data visualization is one of the most effective tools for conveying information to the public…


Color can make or break your data visualization. This panel explores how to use it effectively.

While many of us are working from home, self-isolating, or social distancing, the Data Visualization Society planned a series of online conversational sessions, or Fireside Chats, with professionals from our community on topics that are interesting and important for the data viz community. Each session features a panel of people answering questions from participants in a Zoom webinar format and will be posted to Nightingale over the coming days.

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Color is a major component in creating effective data visualizations. When done well, color can highlight the story you want the data to tell; when done poorly, it can distract…


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In honor of Earth Day, the journal of the Data Visualization Society is publishing earth-related data-visualization content all week


It happened slowly, and then all at once. By the time we realized what was happening, it was too late — our homepage was already overrun. Nightingale officially went to the cats last week.

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Rachael Dottle got things started with “How I Go From Zero to Map,” which detailed the creation of her delightful map of Great Britain’s cat population. In addition to the terrific interactive viz and the crucial intermediate step in the Cat Takeover, this piece is a thoughtful reflection on reproducibility, transparency, and process in data viz.

Katherine Mello followed that up with “Visualizing 36 Hours on…


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As data grows more central to our personal and professional lives, the practice of data visualization becomes ever more important. The Data Visualization Society (DVS) aims to collect and establish best practices, as well as to foster a community which supports its members as they develop their data visualization skills.

At the moment, the DVS dialogue predominantly takes place in a free and open to join Slack workspace, with channels covering a wide range of topics. This Medium publication is an important part of our mission to share those conversations more broadly and provide a place for our members to…

Data Visualization Society Team

From the editors of the Data Visualization Society

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