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Free Data Visualization Books

Free Data Visualization Books


If you want to work in exciting analytics and data visualization project, then these books are the starting point for you.

Data is the currency of now and potential to use it the right way, at the right time for the right reason gives you possibility beyond imagination.

Data visualization is a vast topic and consist of many sub-parts which are a subject in itself, we in our course have tried to paint a clear picture of what you need to know and what people will be looking of you in a visualization project.

These books provide all the key aspect of Data visualization in most simple and clear fashion.So you can start the journey in Data visualization world…and for free!



1.- Designing Great Visualizations
17 page PDF by Jock D. Mackinlay for Tableau

What you will learn:

  • A brief history of the data visualization from cave drawings to present day
  • How to make your dashboards stand out by tricking human perception
  • Ways to include context in your dashboards so your audience understands the full picture
  • 4 Lessons that will help you tell a more effective story with your data visualization
  • Includes 45-minute “Designing Great Visualizations” video lecture

2.- Data Visualization 101: How To Design Charts And Graphs

25 page PDF, by Hubspot & Visage

What you will learn:

  • How to find the story in your data
  • 3 Different ways to find patterns in your data
  • Understanding the natural relationships between your data elements
  • Guide to chart types: 7 different ways you can display your data (and when to use each one)
  • 10 Data Design Dos and Don’ts

3.- Getting Started with Data Visualization
(53 page PDF) by Geoff McGhee

What you will learn:

  • Understand the 4 stages of the data visualization life cycle
  • How to collect, clean, analyze and share your data visualizations
  • 20+ recommended tools to try out for each stage of the life cycle

 4.- An Introduction to Visualizing Data
(15 page PDF) by Joel Laumans

What you will learn:

  • What is the purpose of visualizing data?
  • The 6 ingredients that every data visualization should have (page 5)
  • The 7 stages of data visualization
  • Some common data visualization chart types (and how to use them…)

5.- Principles of Data Visualization
(16 page PDF) by Fusion Charts

What you will learn:

  • The two most common goals in data visualization
  • How your eyes and brain work together to understand a data visualization
  • Specific examples on how you can use different data visualization techniques together to create a more powerful message

6.- D3 Tips and Tricks
(600 pages) by Malcolm Maclean

What you will learn:

  • Everything you need to know about D3 (the JavaScript data visualization library)
  • More than 50 code examples to view and download, all for free
  • Start with the basics and work up to more advance chart types, data integration, and mapping
  • Many interactive examples to pull apart and tweak so you can learn D3 quickly

7.- Big Data Visualization: Turning Big Data Into Big Insights
(14 page PDF) by Intel IT Center

What you will learn:

  • Overview of the challenges that large organizations are having with thier data
  • Benefits of using visualization techniques to understand your data
  • Recommendations data governance and protecting the quality of your data

8.- Visualizing Information for Advocacy
(160 page PDF) by The Tactical Technology Collective

What you will learn:

  • The most important elements of visual persuasion
  • How to help your audience “get” what you are trying to tell them
  • Ways that you can use data visualization to get people to care about your work

9.- Making Sense of Too Much Data with Visualizations
PDF, by Minnesota State University

What you will learn:

  • 10 key terms you should know while working with data
  • 5 things to look for in every data visualization
  • How to work with data visualizations
  • BONUS: Many of the sections include quizzes to test your data visualization knowledge

10.- Sunlight Foundation Data Visualization Style Guidelines
(13 page PDF) by Sunlight Foundation

What you will learn:

  • Lots of great recommendations on layouts, colors, fonts, and other data visualization topics.
  • Different types of data visualization chart types (and when to use each one)
  • This is also a helpful guide if you want to create a data visualization style guide for your team
  • So, there you have it. 10 free data visualization books that will help you sharpen your skills.

Source: https://blog.okfn.org/2013/10/03/defining-open-data/