Source: William Playfair — https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Linear_Chronology,_Exhibiting_the_Revenues,_Expenditure,_D
Source: William Playfair — https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Linear_Chronology,_Exhibiting_the_Revenues,_Expenditure,_D
Source: William Playfair/Public Domain

There’s a lot that can separate a good chart from a bad one. I often think of the final stages of creating a chart as crafting- the process of applying your specialised knowledge and refining the output into something great.

Craft — verb
To make or produce with care, skill, or ingenuity

A lot of people come to data visualisation from a data background and struggle with these last steps. I studied graphic design, and while I don’t know everything, this allows me to use those skills to refine my visualisations into something visually appealing.

After you’ve gathered your data…

Lou Robinson

I am an information designer, with an interest in data visualisation and cartography. www.lourobinson.co.uk

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