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.
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.
- How Do They Know This?
- How are you doing?
- Same data, different stories: How to manipulate the graphs to support your narrative
- The Myth of Objective Data
- Excel is your most overlooked design tool
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How to pick more beautiful colors
Choosing good colors for your charts is hard. This article tries to make it easier.
«There’s no need to rely on hues from all around the color wheel like ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ for your visualizations. It will look more professional – and therefore more trustworthy – when it only uses a few hues and their neighbors.»
How to choose a color palette for choropleth maps
Part of creating a choropleth map is to choose colors for our map. It seems simple.
How to visualize decision tree
Decision trees are the fundamental building block of gradient boosting machines and Random Forests(tm), probably the two most popular machine learning models for structured data. Visualizing decision trees is a tremendous aid when learning how these models work and when interpreting models. Unfortunately, current visualization packages are rudimentary and not immediately helpful to the novice. For example, we couldn't find a library that visualizes how decision nodes split up the feature space.
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Dashboards Are Dead: 3 Years Later
What’s the purpose of dashboards in 2023?
Mapping data visualisation’s meteoric rise from Victorian London to today
Once considered fanciful, today data visualisation charts, and changes, our world. But it can misinform as much as it informs
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Same data, different stories: How to manipulate the graphs to support your narrative
How to shape the narrative with graph manipulation without sacrificing your credibility. The art of tweaking graphs to better support your story.
The Myth of Objective Data
When we view objectivity and subjectivity as opposites rather than complements, we distort the empirical realities of data collection.
«This despair helps my students recognize an apparently banal assignment as a real design situation. It teaches them that data is created, not found; and that creating it well demands humanity, rather than objectivity.»
How Do They Know This?
An informative and apolitical new book reminds us that statistics are not always what they seem.
«But for the most part, official statistics are imperfect but good enough.»
How are you doing?
A journey of emotional awareness, where we uncover the power of naming and visualizing your feelings.
20 Animated Infographics To Inspire You in 2023
See 20+ examples of animated infographics and tips from our team of 40+ graphic designers on how to successfully use one in your content.
These are some of the most-read long-form articles in Data Visualization.
Excel is your most overlooked design tool
A designer’s perspective on the world’s #1 spreadsheet tool — how to build infographics, dashboards, presentations & more
A Eulogy for Dark Sky, a Data Visualization Masterpiece
On January 1, 2023, Apple sunsetted (pun intended) the Dark Sky mobile app on iOS. Apple purchased the company behind the popular weather application in early 2020, then announced that it would be…
Our Top 22 Visualizations of 2022
The world was a complex and volatile place in 2022. In our signature style—combining art, data, and storytelling—we helped millions of people make sens
Discovering Data Visualisation: How I Discovered and Fell in Love with Data Visualisation Art
I stumbled upon data visualisation art quite by accident early in 2022, at a time when I was at an interesting crossroads in my life. I’m a neurodivergent woman in my 40s and my life has always been a…
A Guide To Getting Data Visualization Right — Smashing Magazine
In this article, Sara Dholakia presents a guide on how to choose just the right type of data visualization, with guidelines and things to keep in mind.
We monitor hundreds of thought leaders, influencers, and newsletters in Data Visualization, including:
Data Editor, Guardian US. Trying to take the numb out of numbers, left with lots of ers. Email me… firstname.lastname@example.org
Visualization toolmaker. Co-founder @observablehq. Creator @d3js_org. Former @nytgraphics. Pronounced BOSS-tock.
Stephen Von Worley. Data visualization and words: http://www.datapointed.net/ About: http://www.von.io/
We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Data Visualization, including:
The Pudding is a digital publication that explains ideas debated in culture with visual essays. Email: email@example.com Support: http://patreon.com/thepudding
Data-driven visual content focused on global trends, investing, technology, and the economy.
Our World in Data
Data and research to understand big global problems and make progress against them. Based out of @UniOfOxford, founded by @MaxCRoser. @firstname.lastname@example.org
Big ideas in science and math. Because you want to know more. Launched by @SimonsFdn. 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting. http://quantamagazine.org
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