To create effective data visualizations, you must be part statistician, part designer, and part storyteller. In his bestselling book Visualize This, Nathan Yau introduced you to the tools and programming techniques for visualization. Now, in Data Points, he explores the thinking process that helps you create original, meaningful visualizations that your audience will both understand and remember. Here's how to make your data mean something.
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
Having used and puzzled over graphic representations of data for some time, I find this to be a broad, level-headed perspective. Mr. Yau covers the major forms of data representation, offers methods for extracting meaning from information, and surveys visual cues one may use to clarify the points one wishes to to make.
Students and beginning data communicators will find much of value here. Intermediate practitioners will appreciate the practical coverage.
I mention Tukey and Tufte. This book is accessible to a wide range of thoughtful data communicators. It pays respectful attention to the basics of statistics and visual honesty. This compact tome will get you going in the right direction if you need help living up to the masters' examples.
The book concludes with an up to date--but very sketchy--survey of current tools. Mr. Yau will get you going in the visualization kitchen with a firm boost to your sense of taste. Then you go and get understanding through practice, ok?
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend