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Data Visualisation: A Handbook for Data Driven Design

by Andy Kirk SAGE Publications Ltd
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Never has it been more essential to work in the world of data. Scholars and students need to be able to analyze, design and curate information into useful tools of communication, insight and understanding. This book is the starting point in learning the process and skills of data visualization, teaching the concepts and skills of how to present data and inspiring effective visual design.



Benefits of this book:


•A flexible step-by-step journey that equips you to achieve great data visualization

•A curated collection of classic and contemporary examples, giving illustrations of good and bad practice

•Examples on every page to give creative inspiration

•Illustrations of good and bad practice show you how to critically evaluate and improve your own work

•Advice and experience from the best designers in the field

•Loads of online practical help, checklists, case studies and exercises make this the most comprehensive text available

Defining Data Visualisation
Data Visualisation Workflow
Formulating your Brief
Working with Data
Establishing your Editorial Perspective
Data Representation
Visualisation Literacy

In a clear and effective manner, Andy Kirk provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of data and design that is well integrated into a practical visualization workflow. Data Visualization will do much to improve literacy in both areas—a must-read, especially if you are starting in the field.      

-Isabel Meirelles, Professor, Faculty of Design, OCAD University, Toronto          


Data visualization is much more than just data and visuals. Andy understands that successful visualizations emerge from successful processes and myriad well-informed decisions. Getting all the parts right in this interdisciplinary field is a huge challenge; every student and practitioner of data visualisation will benefit from absorbing the vast wisdom captured in this book.      

-Scott Murray, Assistant Professor of Design, University of San Francisco          


Andy Kirk has managed to squeeze a lifetime of expertise on visualising data and telling stories using interactives into one easy-to-follow and beautifully illustrated book. For students and designers interested in creating interactive and stunningly crafted data visualisations this is a must read.      

-Tom Felle, Journalism, City University London          


An accessible, multidisciplinary text that is a clear guide for the novice researcher from the very beginning of her/his research journey to the final precise composition of the research.      

Ms Therese Alison Lewis, Faculty of Health, Social Work & Educ, Northumbria University
Andy Kirk - Freelance data visualisation specialist and trainer