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.
Many Eyes: Sharing Insights On Social Impacts
IBM describes its Many Eyes Alphaworks project as "a bet on the power of human visual intelligence to find patterns." The free site lets you upload and analyze data, aiming to "democratize visualization and enable a new social kind of data analysis." This sample analysis compares the greenhouse gas emissions of various nations.