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Data Points: Visualization That Means Something

ISBN: 978-1-118-46219-5
320 pages
April 2013
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A fresh look at visualization from the author of Visualize This

Whether it's statistical charts, geographic maps, or the snappy graphical statistics you see on your favorite news sites, the art of data graphics or visualization is fast becoming a movement of its own. In Data Points: Visualization That Means Something, author Nathan Yau presents an intriguing complement to his bestseller Visualize This, this time focusing on the graphics side of data analysis. Using examples from art, design, business, statistics, cartography, and online media, he explores both standard-and not so standard-concepts and ideas about illustrating data.

  • Shares intriguing ideas from Nathan Yau, author of Visualize This and creator of flowingdata.com, with over 66,000 subscribers
  • Focuses on visualization, data graphics that help viewers see trends and patterns they might not otherwise see in a table
  • Includes examples from the author's own illustrations, as well as from professionals in statistics, art, design, business, computer science, cartography, and more
  • Examines standard rules across all visualization applications, then explores when and where you can break those rules

Create visualizations that register at all levels, with Data Points: Visualization That Means Something.

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Introduction xi

1 Understanding Data 1

2 Visualization: The Medium 43

3 Representing Data 91

4 Exploring Data Visually 135

5 Visualizing with Clarity 201

6 Designing for an Audience 241

7 Where to Go from Here 277

Index 291

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Nathan Yau has a PhD in statistics and is a statistical consultant who helps clients make use of their data through visualization. He created the popular site FlowingData.com, and is the author of Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics, also published by Wiley.

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May 21, 2013
Wiley Announces Nathan Yau’s Latest Book Data Points: Visualization That Means Something

John Wiley and Sons, Inc., today announced the publication of Data Points: Visualization That Means Something (Wiley, 978-1-1184-6219-5, May 2013, US $39.99). Author Nathan Yau presents an intriguing complement to his bestseller Visualize This, this time focusing on visual analysis and the process of designing data graphics. Using examples from art, design, business, statistics, cartography and online media, he explores both standard and not so standard concepts and ideas about illustrating data.

“We often think of visualization as a design and programming task, but the process starts further back with the data,” said Yau, “If there’s one thing that I hope people take away from Data Points, it’s that you have to understand the data – its trends and patterns, along with its flaws and imperfections – and the rest follows.”

Data Points examines standard rules across visualization applications, then explores when and where readers can break those rules. The book includes examples from Yau’s own illustrations, as well as from professionals in statistics, art, design, business, computer science, cartography and more. Yau explores the thinking process that helps readers create original, meaningful visualizations that audiences will both understand and remember. Some of the tips Yau shares in the book include:

  • Discover what data is and what you can learn from it
  • Learn how to explore your data, find the story and bring it to life
  • Understand visualization as a medium that lets you present and express meaning in data
  • Tap into your creative side and determine the most effective way to tell your story
  • Compare tools for exploration and analysis
  • Allow data, the story and your goals to dictate visualization techniques with geometry, traditional charts, maps, color, art and even humor.

Data Points: Visualization That Means Something is now available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide in both print and all e-book formats. For a list of retailers, www.wiley.com/buy/9781118462195. For more information about the author, visit www.flowingdata.com.

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