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Resources from Change By Design

Resources from Change By Design

As we saw at the Change By Design conference, you don’t have to be a scientist or a statistician to begin exploring the world of available data and turning it into engaging, inspiring visuals. This list of resources will help you get started.

Data And Design Sites

  • Flowing Data explores how designers, statisticians, and computer scientists are using data visualizations to help us understand ourselves better.
  • infosthetics is a blog exploring the symbiotic relationship between creative design and the field of information visualization.
  • Storytelling with Data offers tips on how to bring data to life, focusing on simplicity and ease of interpretation.
  • Visualizing.org is a community of creative people making sense of complex issues through data and design.
  • Visualizing Data offers insights into the skills, techniques, resources, applications and best practices for data visualization.
  • Walking Papers is a wiki-style map of the world that anyone can edit.
  • Zeega is a non-profit dedicated to inventing new forms of interactive storytelling.

Tools

If you already have some data you’d like to work with, there are a wide variety of tools you can use that don’t require coding experience. The list below offers a range of options to help you get your feet wet, as well as some tools requiring more experience or guidance.

Basic Tools

  • amCharts offers JavaScript and HTML charts.
  • DataVisualization.ch offers a curated selection of tools to help create meaningful and beautiful data visualizations.
  • Geocommons is a community of users creating visual analytics through maps.
  • Google Fusion Tables lets you convert tabular data to a range of visualizations including maps, heat maps and bar charts.
  • Many Eyes allows you to upload data and create visualizations.
  • MapBox provides open source tools to create and save map visualizations.
  • NodeXL is an Excel plug-in for making network graphs.
  • Tableau Public offers free data visualization software (Windows only).
  • Ushahidi is a non-profit tech company that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping.

Advanced Tools

  • Crossfilter is a Javascript library for exploring multidimensional datasets.
  • d3.js is a free JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data.
  • Flare makes it easy to create interactive data visualizations in Flash.
  • Google Chart Tools let you display live data on your site.
  • Highcharts is a Javascript library for creating interactive charts.
  • Prefuse offers a Java framework for creating interactive information visualizations.
  • Processing provides language for creative coding that can produce high-quality animations and interactive visualizations.
  • Projecessing.js is a sister project of Processing, built on Web standards without using any plug-ins.
  • Rickshaw is a Javascript library for creating interactive time series graphs.

As we saw at the conference, you don’t have to be a scientist or a statistician to begin exploring the world of available data and turning it into engaging, inspiring visuals. This list of resources will help you get started.

Data And Design Sites

  • Flowing Data explores how designers, statisticians, and computer scientists are using data visualizations to help us understand ourselves better.
  • infosthetics is a blog exploring the symbiotic relationship between creative design and the field of information visualization.
  • Storytelling with Data offers tips on how to bring data to life, focusing on simplicity and ease of interpretation.
  • Visualizing.org is a community of creative people making sense of complex issues through data and design.
  • Visualizing Data offers insights into the skills, techniques, resources, applications and best practices for data visualization.
  • Walking Papers is a wiki-style map of the world that anyone can edit.
  • Zeega is a non-profit dedicated to inventing new forms of interactive storytelling.

Tools

If you already have some data you'd like to work with, there are a wide variety of tools you can use that don’t require coding experience. The list below offers a range of options to help you get your feet wet, as well as some tools requiring more experience or guidance.

Basic Tools

  • amCharts offers JavaScript and HTML charts.
  • DataVisualization.ch offers a curated selection of tools to help create meaningful and beautiful data visualizations.
  • Geocommons is a community of users creating visual analytics through maps.
  • Google Fusion Tables lets you convert tabular data to a range of visualizations including maps, heat maps and bar charts.
  • Many Eyes allows you to upload data and create visualizations.
  • MapBox provides open source tools to create and save map visualizations.
  • NodeXL is an Excel plug-in for making network graphs.
  • Tableau Public offers free data visualization software (Windows only).
  • Ushahidi is a non-profit tech company that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping.

Advanced Tools

  • Crossfilter is a Javascript library for exploring multidimensional datasets.
  • d3.js is a free JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data.
  • Flare makes it easy to create interactive data visualizations in Flash.
  • Google Chart Tools let you display live data on your site.
  • Highcharts is a Javascript library for creating interactive charts.
  • Prefuse offers a Java framework for creating interactive information visualizations.
  • Processing provides language for creative coding that can produce high-quality animations and interactive visualizations.
  • Projecessing.js is a sister project of Processing, built on Web standards without using any plug-ins.
  • Rickshaw is a Javascript library for creating interactive time series graphs.

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