The Best Articles in Data Visualization

The most useful articles in Data Visualization from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.

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Top 5 Data Visualization Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in Data Visualization by Refind users in 2023 so far.

  1. The Myth of Objective Data
  2. Same data, different stories: How to manipulate the graphs to support your narrative
  3. Excel is your most overlooked design tool
  4. The limits of our personal experience and the value of statistics
  5. How to pick more beautiful colors

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Short Articles

Short on time? Check out these useful short articles in Data Visualization—all under 10 minutes.

Long Articles

These are some of the most-read long-form articles in Data Visualization.

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Thought Leaders

We monitor hundreds of thought leaders, influencers, and newsletters in Data Visualization, including:

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Mona Chalabi

Data Editor, Guardian US. Trying to take the numb out of numbers, left with lots of ers. Email me…

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Mike Bostock

Visualization toolmaker. Co-founder @observablehq. Creator @d3js_org. Former @nytgraphics. Pronounced BOSS-tock.

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Data Pointed

Stephen Von Worley. Data visualization and words: About:

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David Bauer

Curious generalist.

What is Refind?

Every day Refind picks the most relevant links from around the web for you. Picking only a handful of links means focusing on what’s relevant and useful. We favor timeless pieces—links with long shelf-lives, articles that are still relevant one month, one year, or even ten years from now. These lists of the best resources on any topic are the result of years of careful curation.

How does Refind curate?

It’s a mix of human and algorithmic curation, following a number of steps:

  1. We monitor 10k+ sources and 1k+ thought leaders on hundreds of topics—publications, blogs, news sites, newsletters, Substack, Medium, Twitter, etc.
  2. In addition, our users save links from around the web using our Save buttons and our extensions.
  3. Our algorithm processes 100k+ new links every day and uses external signals to find the most relevant ones, focusing on timeless pieces.
  4. Our community of active users gets the most relevant links every day, tailored to their interests. They provide feedback via implicit and explicit signals: open, read, listen, share, mark as read, read later, «More/less like this», etc.
  5. Our algorithm uses these internal signals to refine the selection.
  6. In addition, we have expert curators who manually curate niche topics.

The result: lists of the best and most useful articles on hundreds of topics.

How does Refind detect «timeless» pieces?

We focus on pieces with long shelf-lives—not news. We determine «timelessness» via a number of metrics, for example, the consumption pattern of links over time.

How many sources does Refind monitor?

We monitor 10k+ content sources on hundreds of topics—publications, blogs, news sites, newsletters, Substack, Medium, Twitter, etc.

Who are the thought leaders in Data Visualization?

We follow dozens of thought leaders in Data Visualization, including Mona Chalabi, Mike Bostock, Data Pointed, Nathan Yau, David Bauer.

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Can I submit a link?

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