People come to me: “I want to be a writer.” What kind? “I wanna just write. That’s all I wanna do.” You don’t wanna shoot video on your phone and edit it and post it? “No.” You don’t want to record audio on your phone and post it… “No.” You don’t want to do any basic HTML? “No.” Don’t wanna do data? “No.” You don’t want to do social media? “No.” Here is what you do. Go to Home Depot, buy bunch of wood, build a time machine, and go back to Esquire in 1964, — cause that’s the last time that anybody did that job.

— Evan Smith, Texas Tribune co-founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief
(via The Future of News)

100 yrs of Data Visualization best practice

100 yrs of Data Visualization best practice

Willard C Brinton wrote the first book on data visualisation best practise 100yrs ago. He should be celebrated alongside other visualisation authors such as Tufte, Cairo, Few and Bertin. This tumblr is by Andy Cotgreave (@acotgreave), social content manager at Tableau. Follow the conversation on Twitter with#100yrsOfBrinton. The complete book is available to read on archive.org.

D3.js Resources to Level Up

D3.js Resources to Level Up

I have gotten a lot better at D3.js development over the past few years, and can trace most of my improvement to coming across a few key tutorials, blogs, books and other resources on the topic. They’ve been a huge help for me, and I’ve gathered a bunch of my favorites in this post to hopefully help others improve their D3 experience.