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Good Charts – A Book Review

by Josipa Štrok5. July, 2016

Good Charts: The HBR Guide to Making Smarter, More Persuasive Data Visualizations

Good Charts: The HBR Guide to Making Smarter, More Persuasive Data Visualizations

You have to admit it – charts and graphical representations have changed. Simple lines, bars and pie charts are so old-school that soon will be coming back as a retro fashion. That’s why you should check out Good Charts book that will give you the latest and best advice about creating and using intelligent, persuasive and responsive data.

The author Scott Berinato, carefully and patiently guides the reader through the entire subject without being patronizing or assuming everybody is a data nerd – a good balance is reached and the readers can feel inspired and empowered to do more with data they have. Graphics and charts are more than just filler material and after reading this book you surely will want to get your hands digitally dirty and be creative. The Good Charts encourages the reader to “think visually” and it supports the system that will let graphics do the talking.

It also should be noted the author’s obvious comments about the way particular data points can be presented. It seems that too many of us are making the similar mistakes, presenting the wrong sort of data and not thinking about the audience. This alone is worth the book’s modest price.

good charts the hbr guide to making smarter more persuasive data visualizations

More and more data is being produced every day. That fact is inevitable, so it is even more important to make better use of the data we have, especially when it comes to interpreting and presenting it, whether in a textual form or through a visualization and infographics. Sometimes a simple pie chart or bar will do if you are showing just marketshare and similar simple data, yet a more advanced visualization may be used to dig into the data and showing it on right and interesting way. With a book like this, you will be more aware of the possibilities of data usage and visualization and be better armed to exploit the opportunities at hand. If you have not read the book, you can get one here. We hope that it will be helpful. Good luck with your data visualization journey!