Tutorials & Resources

Video tutorials

These videos will show you how I designed several of the graphs and maps showcased in The Truthful Art. This is the workflow I will outline:

NOTE: Since I recorded these, a new version of INZight (3.0) has been launched. Some things have changed in its interface, but its features remain basically the same.

Visualization with INZight+Illustrator
—Videos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Download the data

Tweaking your data: Wide to long format (plus a bit about pivot tables)

—This tutorial is based on this article
Tidy data, an article by Hadley Wickham
Download the data
—Videos: 1, 2, 3, 4
Additional video about cleaning up your spreadsheet (recoded after a question from a student.)
NOTE: The shortcut described in this tutorial may not work in Excel 2016. See this article.
—An alternative way to switch between wide format and long format is explained in this tutorial.

Gapminder charts with iNZight
—This tutorial is based on Professor Hans Rosling's Gapminder.org
—The data can be downloaded from here
—Videos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Time-series charts
—Download the Spanish social security data
—Videos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Basics of Adobe Illustrator
These old videos are only available through my DropBox folder. Download them and watch them in your computer, using VLC or a similar player (Quicktime may not work with these.) These tutorials are not about visualization per se, but they show how the main features of Illustrator work, which is essential for the tutorial after this one. If you want to learn more about Illustrator, consider my 12-hour series of videos:
The interface
Text and layout
The pen tool

Styling charts with Adobe Illustrator
After designing your charts with INZight, you should change their style to make them more elegant. Adobe Illustrator can help with that.
Download the files and data
—Videos: 1, 2, 3, 4

Once your chart or map is finished, you will need to publish it to the Web. This tutorial shows you how.
Using AI2HTML to export Adobe Illustrator infographics as HTML files
Download the files
—Videos: 1, 2, 3, 4

Other resources

—Transforming Adobe Illustrator files into HTML with Ai2html (read the documentation in the official website first) Videos: 1, 2, 3

—Using Excel Pivot tables (Mac version): Six videos on YouTube and the data used
—See also this short explanation of Pivot Tables

—A great introduction to QGIS

My personal collection of R resources

Illustrator video tutorial

Data from The Truthful Art

Prologue: Miami-Dade Schools

More coming soon!

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