BooksStephen Few has written a series of very accessible books about using design to communicate data. If you're struggling to identify what makes a table, chart, or graph look good---and make no mistake, this is critical in order to get your point across---then start here:
- Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten
- Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis
- Information Dashboard: The Effective Visual Communication of Data
- Visual Meetings and Visual Teams by David Sibbet
- Visual Language for Designers: Principles for Creating Graphics That People Understand by Connie Malamed
- Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences by Nancy Duarte
- Balanced Scorecards and Operational Dashboards with Microsoft Excel by Ron Person
LinksI keep most of my data viz links for education on my wiki. Follow that link to find data sets, videos, lesson plans, and more. The websites listed below have additional information you can view and access to support your work with Excel, data, or visualization.
- The National Center for Education Statistics is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. You can also learn more about data use in schools by visiting the Data Quality Campaign.
- Check out this directory of add-ins for free tools to adapt and boost Excel.
- You can join the VizThink community to connect with others interested in visualizing and presenting data and information.
- Be sure to visit my YouTube Channel for all of my screencasts.