Chapter 3

Winning CombinationsWorking with the Ingredients of Data Visualization

Just the Right Mix

 Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

 – VINCENT VAN GOGH

Helping people find meaning in large, complex data sets is becoming an increasingly important consideration for many kinds of organizations and the people who work for them. Although the need may be clear, the steps for transforming unprocessed data into effective visualizations are not always so apparent. As discussed toward the end of Chapter 2, when you’re looking for a solution to such problems, a different perspective can help, and one of the most useful perspectives is that of “beginner’s mind.”

Sometimes, being a beginner, or taking on the mindset of one ...

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