10 Data Visualization Thought Leaders

We've been talking a lot on AllAnalytics.com recently about the growing importance of delivering analytics results in a visual format. But thinking visually may not be the easiest thing to do for the math-brained among you.

With that in mind, we've compiled this look at 10 go-to data visualization thought leaders.

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Re: Another worthy contender
  • 3/21/2013 3:39:57 PM

Anie129, information is beautiful, indeed! And so is David's work. Worth a look everybody!

Another worthy contender
  • 3/21/2013 11:21:48 AM

Agreed that its a great list, would also highly recommend David McCandless and his book 'Information is Beautiful'.

Re: this is a great list
  • 3/15/2013 7:29:14 AM

@MarketingDataAnalyst -- excellent example of great use of visualization, not to mention a great presenter. I've not had the pleasure of seeing Hans Rosling speak, but will be on the lookout for him now.

this is a great list
  • 3/14/2013 8:06:44 PM

There are some I had not heard of before, and others that I follow like Nathan Yau with Flowing Data. It is compelling too when data is animated, and the analyst tells a story around it. A good example is Hans Rosling's work. Here is an interesting TED Talk he presented: http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_the_truth_about_hiv.html

Re: Other data visualization leaders
  • 3/13/2013 9:57:06 AM

Looks like a fascinating presentation Gil. Thanks for sharing. I'll have to look for more from Lynn (and Jason).

Re: Other data visualization leaders
  • 3/12/2013 7:55:25 PM

an unsung heroine of data visualizaition is Lynn Cherney




Re: Other data visualization leaders
  • 3/12/2013 3:16:51 PM

I can visualize Glenda (and hear her voice), complete with her wand and all the sparkles. 

I hadn't come across Presenting Numbers, Tables, and Charts,but it looks like another good one. I'll check it out. Thanks!

Other data visualization leaders
  • 3/12/2013 2:27:42 PM

As Glenda, the Good Witch of the North, said, it's best to start at the beginning, and the best basic book for visualizing numerical relationships in everyday communication is Presenting Numbers, Tables, and Charts, by Sally Bigwood and Melissa Spore, 2003, Oxford University Press. This book is in NASA's library and should be in yours.

Re: Hard to argue
  • 3/7/2013 10:53:34 AM

My bad! Yes, I would agree Albert Cairo, with his functionalart.com site and book, is a contender here.

Re: Hard to argue
  • 3/6/2013 8:35:47 PM

Respectfully, I must add Alberto Cairo to this list.  His book "The Functional Art" is an excellent guide to visualization done right.

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