If you work in graphic design or any sort of visual communication field, you’re intimately familiar with terms like data visualization, information design and big data.
It’s easy to forget that most people don’t really know what this stuff is. Truth is, data visualization is still a new discipline.
But it’s working its way into a bunch of different fields, and the world of information design is getting more exposure everyday.
That’s why we love any blog that’s dedicated to sharing data viz tools and tips – or just beautiful examples of data design in action.
There are so many awesome information design blogs, but these are our five favorites (in no particular order):
1. Flowing Data
Favorite Post: The Subway sandwich map takes the cake (or hoagie). It shows just how much Subway is dominating the sandwich game in America.
Nothing against Subway but, for the record, we’re partial to the sandwiches at So’s Your Mom (not just because it’s across the street from our office).
You might be thinking that we spelled “visualising” wrong, but this is how they spell it across the pond in the UK, where freelance data guru and blogger Andy Kirk resides.
Why We Love It: Andy uses a bubble chart to display his top 100 most popular posts. Talk about practicing what you preach!
Favorite Post: It’s hard to pick just one, but this post about using grey in your visualizations is a must-read.
Why We Love It: Because, like founder David McCandless, we think that information should be designed in a way that is useful – above all else. We don’t share David’s hatred for pie charts, although we do love pie.
Favorite Post: We’re fans of the Best in Show dog data chart. It uses orientation, size, shape and color to pack a ton of data in a small space.
Plus it confirms our belief that Chauncey is, in fact, a “hot dog”.
Why We Love It: Truth be told, we think the term “infographic” has lost its luster over the past few years, mostly because the web has been flooded with infographics that often leave something to be desired.
But, Cool Infographics is a very cool blog run by a guy who loves data viz just as much as we do – Randy Krum.
Our Favorite Post: Randy recently posted an infographic from Tabletop Whale that teaches you how to make animated infographics (meta, we know). In a saturated market, bringing your infographic to life with animated GIFs is one surefire way to stand out.
How cool is that?
We’re still dissecting what exactly that means, but this visualization sure is fun to play with.
5. Chart Porn
Last but certainly not least, Chart Porn is one of our favorite curated collections of beautiful maps, charts and graphics.
Why We Love It: Partly because it’s run by a fellow Washingtonian, Dustin Smith (yup, we’re biased, but at least we’re aware of it). But also because it helps us discover amazing visualizations that we might otherwise miss.
If you could only read one data viz blog, Chart Porn is a solid option.
Our Favorite Post: If we have to choose just one, this interactive Wizards’ shooting graphic from the Washington Post is it:
Beautiful colors, clean design, data driven… plus it’s about the Wizards. Did we mention we’re from DC?
Now you know our top five data visualization blogs. What are yours? Leave a comment below!