I’ve long been a fan of data visualization, dating back to my days in the Imager lab at UBC, which had a research area in that subject. I’ve realized that my approach to “telling stories visually with data” includes a lot of knowledge that isn’t common in the transportation world, and I decided share what I know.
Drawing from the Internet, here’s a basic collection of content that gives a good introduction to how to communicate visually, using data. It’s even more compelling if you have my running commentary alongside… batteries not included.
- Telling Compelling Stories with Numbers
- Stephen Few slides 1-72 (minor edits; original here)
- Graphical Integrity
- The Human Visual System
- Video intro part 1, part 2, part 3 (7:45-9:00)
- Jessie Kennedy slides 14-43 (minor correction; original here)
- Jessie Kennedy slides 44-56 (minor addition; original here)
- Maureen Stone
- Tabular data
- The Economist Numbers Guide, pages 74-76
- Examples from The Economist
- Markus Püschel slides 11-16
- Closing Thoughts & References
- Tufte, “Graphical Displays Should…” & Pantoliano
- Tufte, “Principles of Graphical Excellence”
- Kelleher & Wagener – Ten Guidelines
I haven’t covered one area in here: the basic principles of graphic design. But these are more widely known and can be learned in normal courses.