Data Visualisation:

Tools and Techniques


by Peter Cook / @animateddata

Data Visualisation

The transformation of data into visual form

Why?

Identify patterns, trends etc.

Explanation / understanding

Engagement

Wimbledon results

Spreadsheet with row for each of 127 matches

Visual overview

Trends

Analysis

Examples

William Playfair (1805)

http://www.xcellextech.com/Blog/2010/06/designing-interactive-excel-2007-charts/

www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/05/25/sunday-review/corporate-taxes.html

Data visualisation: Tools

Offline

Web-based

Offline

Excel etc.

Tableau (gallery)

Business Intelligence (e.g. TIBCO Spotfire)

Web-based

Data visualisation: Technique

It's a design process

i.e. focus on user needs

My process

1. Data & questions

2. Transformation into visual form

(e.g. position, shape, colour)

3. Prototyping

4. Iteration

F1 Timeline

Question: what is the pattern of F1 driver ages over time?

Data: Ergast Developer API

View

Transform into visual form

Iterate...

over...

and over...

again...

Interesting facts

>800 drivers

>22000 rect elements for each race result

Dimensions: 6130px x 16800px

263kb total download (that's small!)

Thanks for listening!

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