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Colour Symbols

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In the book Designing with Data in Chapter 9, “Just a splash of colour”, I reference ColorAdd.net as a method to aid in determining colours. Their system uses a series of shapes to represent the 3 primary colors. Just as … read more

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Visualization Data Workshop

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The Five Simple Steps team has brought together several of their authors to do a few workshops in London in late January. I will be giving a half day workshop on Tuesday 25th January 2011 on the topic of charts, … read more

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Journalism in the Age of Data

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Stanford University has put together an excellent series of short videos discussing Data Visualization as a storytelling medium. It is split into 8 parts totaling about an hour. Each section covers a slightly different aspect of visualization. The list of … read more

Designing with Data the paperback

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This last week was a busy one for the Five Simple Steps team. We’ve finalised the last PDF for the upcoming print run. If you have pre-ordered your copy then it should be shipping in a few weeks time. If … read more

Data visualization “milestones”

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Michael Friendly and Daniel J. Denis have put together an excellent timeline of what they call “milestones” in data visualization. It is an excellent reference to see both the bursts of innovation as well as the constant creation and trying … read more

The art of making information beautiful

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On August 9th, the BBC’s Newnight programme aired a short piece entitled, The art of making information beautiful. You can see a short clip on the BBC website or on YouTube. The programme had a short introduction to some very … read more

Designing With Data PDF

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The PDF of Designing with Data is now available for download! A paperback version can be pre-ordered and shipped in a short while. It has been nine months of long hard work to create this PDF. There are loads of … read more

Illustrations abound!

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As I was writing the text for the book, to keep in the flow, I simply would put (example here) or some sort of marker so I knew to go back and add or find an illustration. This certainly kept … read more

Draft Designs

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The process of writing a book can be long and difficult. Couple that with all the illustrations that need to be created and reviewed. In a book about charts and graphs it’s extra important to get all the images and … read more

Welcome to the world of data visualizations

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Designing with data is less than a month away from being available. It is due to be out August 9th, 02010 as the Five Simple Steps team are diligently cranking out proofs and illustrations for the book. The five, in … read more