Top 15 Data Visualization Tips
January 03, 2011 06:00 AM "Excellence in statistical graphics consists of complex ideas communicated with clarity, precision and efficiency," writes information visualization guru and author Edward R. Tufte. Preaching simplicity and offering practical advice, expert Stephen Few decries distorted 3D pie charts and graphics that are too hard to read. This image gallery offers best-practice examples, advice, free resources and insight from experts on the best of data and information visualization. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then clear and effective data visualizations are worth more than a stack of spreadsheets or reams of reports. Learn from the New York Times, Gapminder, Zillow, Many Eyes, Google, Wordle and other successful practitioners of advanced data visualization.
Data Visualization Software Is Free... For One Year
Tibco bills Tibco Silver Spotfire as a cloud-based BI and data visualization offering, but it all starts with conventional software. You can download and use the company's desktop authoring client (shown here) for one year at no charge. When you're ready to share visualizations with others, you publish them to Tibco's hosted collaboration environment. Fee-based hosting services are available once the trial period is over.