INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--John Wiley and Sons, Inc., today announced the publication of Data Points: Visualization That Means Something (Wiley, 978-1-1184-6219-5, May 2013, US $39.99). Author Nathan Yau presents an intriguing complement to his bestseller Visualize This, this time focusing on visual analysis and the process of designing data graphics. Using examples from art, design, business, statistics, cartography and online media, he explores both standard and not so standard concepts and ideas about illustrating data.
“We often think of visualization as a design and programming task, but the process starts further back with the data,” said Yau, “If there’s one thing that I hope people take away from Data Points, it’s that you have to understand the data – its trends and patterns, along with its flaws and imperfections – and the rest follows.”
Data Points examines standard rules across visualization applications, then explores when and where readers can break those rules. The book includes examples from Yau’s own illustrations, as well as from professionals in statistics, art, design, business, computer science, cartography and more. Yau explores the thinking process that helps readers create original, meaningful visualizations that audiences will both understand and remember. Some of the tips Yau shares in the book include:
- Discover what data is and what you can learn from it
- Learn how to explore your data, find the story and bring it to life
- Understand visualization as a medium that lets you present and express meaning in data
- Tap into your creative side and determine the most effective way to tell your story
- Compare tools for exploration and analysis
- Allow data, the story and your goals to dictate visualization techniques with geometry, traditional charts, maps, color, art and even humor.
Data Points: Visualization That Means Something is now available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide in both print and all e-book formats. For a list of retailers, www.wiley.com/buy/9781118462195. For more information about the author, visit www.flowingdata.com.
About the Author
Nathan Yau has a PhD in statistics and is a statistical consultant who helps clients make use of their data through visualization. He created the popular site FlowingData.com, and is the author of Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics, also published by Wiley.
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