Thanks to my Facebook friend and lecturer at University of Miami School of Communication Alberto Cairo for recommending some great resources for learning more about data visualization. His recent FB posts inspired me to share some of his recommendations and add a few of my own.

In October, provided a really interesting overview of how it worked with The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to help  explore ways of visualizing the distribution and affect of their grantmaking efforts over the last ten years. This is definitely worth a read if you’re interested in seeing how designers approached the process of turning a massive amount of complex data into a collection of accessible visualizations. You can also explore the entire visualization on and see more details about the project including a video demonstration and screen caps.

Wilson Andrews and the Washington Post’s information graphics team also put together a pretty interesting article titled “Behind the scenes: 2012 election maps.” The article provides insight into their design and development process, as well as links to some of the tools they used to build their very engaging election maps.

Finally, there are a few books that Alberto and Ihighly recommend if you really want to sink your teeth into dataviz:

“Data Insights: New Ways to Visualize and Make Sense of Data” offers multi-disciplinary perspectives and useful information about how visualizations can open your eyes to data.

Alberto’s new book The Functional Art: An introduction to information graphics and visualization is another great read. Alberto is a brilliant graphics reporter and this book is a culmination of all his expertise in one place. I also recommend trying to catch one of Alberto’s upcoming lectures. You can check out is 2013 speaking schedule here.

Although it’s been out for awhile, I still think Nathan Yau’s Visualize This is a great resource for students and educators who are just getting started with dataviz. It offers easy to follow explanations and simple tutorials that allow you to try your hand at some simple coding.

Finally, if you really want to dive in to Python, one of the most widely used code among journalists today, check out Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner. Although it’s never going to be exactly EASY to learn a new programming language, this book offers a pretty simple method for working your way through a very powerful language.

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