Day 151 of 180 Days of Data Viz Learning

I’m doing some form of data visualization learning for 180 days because I need to #JFDI.

See post explaining how and why I’m doing this.

Reading and Learning Data Visualization Theoretically/Critically:

The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization by Alberto Cairo

p 318-325 Truth and Beauty Operator

Three Takeaways

  • “We designers tend to get committed to the things we invest work in.  You get reluctant to throw them away and sometimes try to unconsciously convince yourself they are beautiful just because you spend so much time on them.  That’s why it is also so important that these first products are quickly produced and disposable so you don’t get attached to them.  Refinement and tweaking comes later.” p 319
  •  “The most fascinating thing about the rise of data visualization is exactly that anyone can explore all those large data sets without anything telling us what the key insight is.” p 319
  • “If you want to produce information visualizations, you need to be able to work with the data directly.  So you should learn about statistics and programming.  Of course, you should also look into the arts, graphic design history, and visual language.  If you master all those, then nothing can go wrong” p 325
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