CHAPTER 9

VISUAL CRIT

HOW TO PRACTICE LOOKING AT (AND MAKING) GOOD CHARTS

GOOD WRITERS ARE GREAT READERS. They look to others’ work for ideas and borrow (okay, steal) from what inspires them. Creators in general approach their craft this way, and visualization is no exception. One of the best ways to get better at making charts is to look at, and think about, a lot of them.

Good news: there’s a surplus available. It’s hard to be on the internet for a hot minute without stumbling on some dataviz that’s going viral. If you follow #dataviz or visit any number of visualization-heavy websites (The Upshot on the New York Times website, for example, or The Economist, which tweets many charts every day), you’ll find plenty of fodder.

But don’t just pick ...

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