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Book Review: Counting – How We Use Numbers to Decide What Matters, by Deborah Stone

Numbers enjoy an aura of objectivity and precision unwarranted by their origins. They are always products of human judgment, even the numbers that seem to spring from computers untouched by humans. Counting – How We Use Numbers to Decide What Matters (2020), by Deborah Stone (MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning), examines the process[…]

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Book Review: Design for Information, by Isabel Meirelles

Design for Information: An introduction to the histories, theories, and best practices behind effective information visualizations, was written by Isabel Meirelles in 2013. Meirelles, who is currently a Professor in the Faculty of Design at Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) University in Toronto, Canada, wrote the book when she was at Northeastern University. […]

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Book Review: Calling Bullshit, by Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West

Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World, by Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West, delivers a thoughtful introduction to critical thinking for the serious reader. Its provocative title is clearly intended to attract readership. After all, how many people would pick up a book simply named for the subtitle, The Art of Skepticism[…]

Book Review: Data Feminism, by Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein

Data Feminism (2020) by Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein provides an important perspective about data and power. Those in power use data, intentionally or unintentionally, to maintain the status quo and oppress marginalized people. Yet data is a two-edged sword and those without power can use it to challenge the status quo. While inspired[…]

Book Review: Storytelling with Data, by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals (2015) by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic is the current #1 Bestseller in Information Management on Amazon for good reason. The book is a clear guide to chart design, helping readers move quickly from basic graphs to engaging and informative displays. Knaflic’s software-agnostic book will benefit all[…]

Book Review: The Big Book of Dashboards, by Steve Wexler, Jeffrey Shaffer, and Andy Cotgreave

This is the second in a series of book reviews about data dashboards. In the first review, we looked at Information Dashboard Design: Displaying data for at-a-glance monitoring by Stephen Few. The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios (2017) is the perfect complement to Stephen Few’s Information Dashboard Design.  While[…]

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Book Review: Information Dashboard Design, by Stephen Few

2020 is the year of the dashboard! This is not because dashboards are new, but rather their use has exploded as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University remains the most popular dashboard, recording more than 4.5 billion views in a[…]

Book Review: Making Data Visual, by Danyel Fisher and Miriah Meyer

Making Data Visual – A Practical Guide to Using Visualization for Insight, by Danyel Fisher and Miriah Meyer is a slim volume that fills an important niche in the data visualization literature. It is not your typical data visualization book that provides tips on creating charts, the use of color, or the importance of annotation.[…]