Data Visualisation: A Handbook for Data Driven Design

Data Visualisation: A Handbook for Data Driven Design

By: Andy Kirk
  • The rare book in the data visualization field that takes you through the process of creating a visualization
  • Step-by-step approach to analyze, design, and curate information
  • Use the chart gallery to see what visualizations work best for your data

Great content, poor quality

What’s the point of a book on data vis if you can’t make out the data visualizations? Love this book so much I opted for the printed version, which I rarely do for reference books anymore since it’s such a timesaver to be able to search within text. I’m really sorry I didn’t get the digital version instead. The overall print quality is lacking: both text and images have a faded appearance, and the ink, particularly dark colors, has very poor saturation and contrast. The images are way too small and low resolution (even using magnifying readers the highly detailed reference images are blurry and unreadable). The page layout may look great on a tablet or computer screen, but the tiny example charts, gray background and (slightly darker) gray <9pt font make for very difficult reading (see chapter 6). it still has great content, but i may have to double down and get the digital version so can “zoom in.”




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Useless for Learning

This book has literally nothing in it (or its online) companion about *actually making data visualizations*. No coding, no real exercises (just BS note taking exercises), nothing that would actually help somebody in the process of making data viz. I'd care more about the planning/time management aspect of it all if it gave me something to actually plan and time manage. Buy only if you're not interested in learning how to make visualizations.

Amazon Customer



Worked great for my class



Book Details

Publisher : SAGE Publications Ltd; 2nd edition (September 11, 2019)
Language: : English
Paperback : 328 pages
ISBN-10 : 1526468921
ISBN-13 : 978-1526468925
Item Weight : 1.54 pounds
Dimensions : 7.44 x 0.77 x 9.69 inches
Best Sellers Rank : #73,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
#176 in Social Sciences Research
#3,246 in Social Sciences (Books)

About the Author

Andy Kirk


Andy Kirk is a freelance data visualisation expert, providing design consultancy and training services. He is a three-times published author, website editor and regular speaker.

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