The PDF of Designing with Data is now available for download! A paperback version can be pre-ordered and shipped in a short while.
It has been nine months of long hard work to create this PDF. There are loads of charts and graphs, all of which needed special care and attention. The team at Five Simple Steps has truly out-done themselves in the creation of this book. It is a thing of beauty.
I will keep posting updates, useful links and other interesting facts about charts and graphs on this website. Be sure to subscribe to the RSS so you can keep-up with the conversation.
The book weighs in over 220 pages and over 43,000 words and more illustrations than I can count. The book is in 5 parts, hence the 5 in Five Simple Steps, but it is logically broken down into two major sections. The first three parts focus on history, colour and deception, whereas the last two parts focus more on the actual charts and graphs themselves. The pros and cons and ideally which situations work best for each type. It is by no means an exhaustive list, but it is an excellent start and gives a foundation to learn more and helps you ask the right questions.
The book was a joy to write, so I’m sure more about visualizations beyond charts and graphs will continue in the future. If anyone has any questions, wants to chat further, or disagrees with the book contents, I am always available via email to discuss. The best part of being with a small and agile publisher is that we can make better revisions in the future and help drive new chapters, features and potentially other books and authors.
So, without further ado, I give you A Practical Guide to Designing with Data.