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Data Visualisation

Data Visualisation
A Handbook for Data Driven Design

Second Edition (Revised Edition)
  • Andy Kirk - Freelance data visualisation specialist and trainer
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August 2019 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

One of the "six best books for data geeks" - Financial Times

Winner of the "Printed Information Resource 2020" award from the Knowledge & Information Management Group, part of The Chartered Association of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP)

With over 200 images and extensive how-to and how-not-to examples, this new edition has everything students and scholars need to understand and create effective data visualisations.

Combining ‘how to think’ instruction with a ‘how to produce’ mentality, this book takes readers step-by-step through analysing, designing, and curating information into useful, impactful tools of communication.

With this book and its extensive collection of online support, readers can:

- Decide what visualisations work best for their data and their audience using the chart gallery

- See data visualisation in action and learn the tools to try it themselves

- Follow online checklists, tutorials, and exercises to build skills and confidence

- Get advice from the UK’s leading data visualisation trainer on everything from getting started to honing the craft.

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Chapter 1 Defining Data Visualisation
Chapter 2 The Visualisation Design Process
Chapter 3 Formulating Your Brief
Chapter 4 Working With Data
Chapter 5 Establishing Your Editorial Thinking
Chapter 6 Data Representation
Chapter 7 Interactivity
Chapter 8 Annotation
Chapter 9 Colour
Chapter 10 Composition

Many books focus on using software to visualise data but fewer consider good design. Data Visualisation addresses this in an inherently practical way. This is a much needed book which recognises and clarifies the process of designing excellent graphics.

Chris Playford
University of Exeter

What do we actually mean when we talk about Data Visualisation? How do we 'do it’? How can we ensure our research using Data Visualisation is effective and ethical? The answers are all here in this inspirational and invaluable guide.

Thérèse A.G. Lewis
Northumbria University

Everything I loved in the first edition of this valuable book has been incorporated into the second, including Kirk’s typology of data visualisation and masses of visual examples, but with more precise written arguments.  This volume continues to fill the gap between overwhelming data and the visualisations that can facilitate understanding.

Pamela Woolner
Newcastle University

In this second edition, Andy adds relevant content to what was already a fantastic framework for learning the fundamentals of data visualization, all with acute and critical eyes. As an educator, I find it an invaluable resource to students and myself alike.

Isabel Meirelles
Ontario College of Art and Design University


While most works in this space focus on data journalism, scientific visualisations or other specialist audiences, this book targets decision makers and helps with everything from initial concepts and data preparation to editorial layouts. A refreshing angle and a compelling read.

Elena Simperl
University of Southampton