Best data visualization books

Visualization and data design all come easier with practice, and you can advance your skills with every new dataset and project. To begin though, you need a proper foundation and have to know what tools are available to you and how to use them. Here are some books on data visualization that will surely help you to perform effective visualization.
Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals
Author: Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic
Published at: 02/11/2015
ISBN: 1119002257
Telling a story, especially when it comes to data visualization, is not an inherent skill. And the tools we use don't make it any easier. Storytelling with Data shows how to go beyond conventional tools to reach the root of your data. And how to employ your data to create an engaging, informative, compelling story.

What you'll learn:
  • The importance of context and audience
  • Determining the best graph that fits your situation
  • How to recognize and remove the clutter clouding your information
  • Directing the attention of your audience to the most important parts of your data
  • How to act as a designer and use methods of design in data visualization
  • Vital aspects of storytelling to make your message resonate with your audience 

Good Charts: The HBR Guide to Making Smarter, More Persuasive Data Visualizations
Author: Scott Berinato
Published at: 17/05/2016
ISBN: 1633690709
Good Charts is an essential guide to learn how visualization works. And how to visualize your data to convey an impressive message to your audience. This book will teach you how to think visually and build better charts through a process of talking, sketching, and prototyping. With the help of this bookyou can turn plain, boring charts that merely present information into smart, effective visualizations that powerfully convey ideas.

What you'll learn:
  • Fundamentals of data visualization
  • Generating and illustrating an idea
  • The science of how we see
  • Using effective tools to make the best use of your data
  • A simple framework to make better charts in a couple of hours
  • How to create an impact on the audience with your data

Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics
Author: Nathan Yau
Published at: 20/07/2011
ISBN: 0470944889
With step-by-step tutorials, Visualize This shows you how to visualize and tell stories with data.  And how to gather, analyze, and format data and then design high-quality graphics that help you explore and present patterns, outliers, and relationships.

What you'll learn:

  • Finding patterns, outliers and how to show them
  • Creating  geographical maps and statistical graphics
  • Building data-native graphics for the Web, using  ActionScript, Flash libraries, PHP, and JavaScript 
  • Different tools to design graphics for print, such as R and Illustrator
  • Effective ways to visualize and tell stories with your data
  • Presenting information in a way that is easy to understand and appealing

Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis
Author: Stephen Few
Published at: 01/04/2009
ISBN: 0970601980

This book offers you simple and practical ways to explore and analyze quantitative data. And graphical techniques that can be applied to powerful visual analysis tools that can dramatically extend your analytical reach. 

What you'll learn:

  • Core concepts of data visualization
  • Aptitude and attitude of data analysis
  • Analytical interaction and navigation
  • Analytical techniques and practices
  • Guidelines for representing quantitative data
  • Correlation and multi-variable analysis

The Functional Art: An introduction to information graphics and visualization (Voices That Matter)
Author: Alberto Cairo
Published at: 01/09/2012
ISBN: 0321834739

The Functional Art teaches you how to use data visualizations as tools to turn lists of numbers and variables into wonderful graphics. This book will show you how to use statistical charts, maps, and explanation diagrams to spot the stories in the data and learn new things from it--regardless of any kind of data you’re working with–business, science, politics, sports, or even your own personal finances.

What you'll learn:

  • Making your information more persuasive, using color, type.
  • The science of how we perceive and remember information  
  • Best techniques for creating interactive information graphics
  • The creative process behind successful information graphics
  • Hundreds of inspirational work from the world’s top designers and visual artists

Effective Data Visualization: The Right Chart for the Right Data
Author: Stephanie D. H. Evergreen
Published at: 18/05/2016
ISBN: 1506303056

 Effective Data Visualization offers the readers how to create Excel charts and graphs that best visualize data findings. This comprehensive guide works as a set of blueprints—supported by research and the author’s extensive experience with clients in industries all over the world—for conveying data in an impactful way.

What you'll learn: 

  • Why you should visualize data
  • Showing means, frequency, and measurement of variability
  • Making effective charts including combo charts, bullet graphs in excel
  • Communicating correlation and regression
  • Visualizing qualitative data 

The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios
Author: Steve Wexler,Jeffrey Shaffer,Andy Cotgreave
Published at: 24/04/2017
ISBN: 1119282713

Containing dozens of examples that cover different industries and departments ( finance, healthcare, human resources, marketing, sports, transportation, customer service, etc.) and various platforms (print, desktop, tablet, smartphone, and conference room display). The Big Book of Dashboards is the only book that matches great dashboards with real-world business scenarios.

What you'll learn:

  • Course metrics dashboards
  • Executive sales dashboards
  • Multiple key performance metrics
  • Premier league players performance metrics
  • Patients history analysis of recent hospital admission  
  • Hospitality dashboard for hotel management 
  • Telecom operator executive dashboards
  • Showing actual versus potential utilization

The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication
Author: Alberto Cairo
Published at: 28/02/2016
ISBN: 0321934075

In this book, Alberto Cairo—the respected data visualization professor explains in clear terms how to work with data, discover the stories hidden within, and share those stories with the world in the form of charts, maps, and infographics. He transforms fundamental principles of data and scientific reasoning into tools that you can use in daily life to interpret data sets and extract stories from them. 

What you'll learn:

• The role of infographics and data visualization in our real world

• Fundamental principles of data and scientific reasoning that anyone can master

• Becoming a better critical thinker

• Evaluating any data visualization (including your own)

• Creating effective charts, graphs, and data maps to explain data to any audience

Information Dashboard Design: Displaying Data for At-a-Glance Monitoring
Author: Stephen Few
Published at: 15/08/2013
ISBN: 1938377001

When designed well, dashboards attract the power of visual perception to convey a huge collection of information efficiently. And visual design skills that address the unique challenges of dashboards are not natural but rather learned. Information Dashboard Design teaches you how to design interactive dashboards as well as gives a deep understanding of the concepts related to our everyday world and how to show them visually.

What you'll learn:

  • Various aspects  of dashboards
  • 13 fundamental problems in dashboards and how to solve them
  • Assessing what's needed before designing dashboards
  • How to design effective dashboards
  • Understanding of visual perception
  • Designing bullet graphs, and sparkles
  • Some critical designing practices 

Information Graphics
Author: Sandra Rendgen
Published at: 27/05/2012
ISBN: 3836528797
This unique book offers a fascinating perspective on data visualization, featuring the work of the masters of the profession who have created a number of breakthroughs that have changed the way we communicate. Information Graphics is the best book not only for graphics professionals but also for anyone interested in the history and practice of visual communication.

What you'll learn:
  • In-depth introduction to data visualization, illustrated with over 60 images (each accompanied by an explanatory caption)
  • 200 projects on modern information graphics from all over the world—ranging from journalism to art, government, education, business and much more
  • The evolution of information graphics since the primitive age
  • Over 400 examples — each with the best methods and objectives

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