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.
Visualization Dos And Don'ts
Stephen Few's Perceptual Edge website and Visual Business Intelligence blog are great, instructional resources as well as outlets for Few rants against the evils of pie charts, 3D displays and needlessly complex visualizations. In this tutorial from Few's examples page, he turns a hard-to-read pie chart into a simple, easy-to-read bar chart.