Today is the inaugural International Chart Day!
According to the organizers, the purpose of International Chart Day is to assist the public in becoming better consumers of data, information and news.
Charts and other variations of information graphics have been around for hundreds of years, and are an important tool for making complex information easier to understand. However, not all charts are created equal: they can sometimes be too complicated or convey false and/or misleading information if not executed correctly.
On April 26, chart lovers will unite to celebrate the first-ever “International Chart Day,” an opportunity for the infographic creating community to engage the public by sharing their favorite examples, further explaining the history and value of charts, and sharing insight in to how to create high-quality, visually engaging, informative visualizations.
TO THIS END WE SHALL:
- Celebrate charts and infographics of all types;
- Help the public understand how to read charts and gain useful insights from them;
- Help chart makers of all levels understand the necessary components of a truthful chart;
- Encourage the wider usage and adoption of charts;
- Combat the spread of fake news by making the public smarter consumers of information.
To celebrate the day I'm going to share my go-to resources for learning about data visualization. These resources have helped me become a better communicator of data, to intentionally create charts that tell a story and to make clear to my audiences what the data is saying.
1. Read blogs on Data Visualization
My favorites include:
2. Take courses in Data Visualization
There’s an overwhelming number of resources and courses online related to this topic. This article published last year reviewed every course that was available on the internet at the time and evaluated each course based on the coverage of visualization theory and tools. I used this article to pick an online course in the software Tableau and have not been disappointed.
3. Use this data visualization checklist everytime you make a chart
You can also use an online interactive version of the checklist here.