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.

No Ceilings: It’s time to unleash girls’ potential in STEM

No Ceilings: It’s time to unleash girls’ potential in STEM

Girls and boys test similarly in math and science, but fewer women pursue STEM careers. Although testing data show that girls and boys in the United States and around the world perform at comparable levels in math and science in both primary and secondary school, female students are much less likely to graduate from college with a STEM degree (science, technology, engineering, or math) than their male counterparts.

Story from No Ceilings, The Full Participation Project  from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Full report and source dataset available.