Hallo everyone! I am happy to introduce a new series nested in the Data Visualization Beginners Toolkit: “Tools from the Pros”.
In my last post on data visualization tools I suggested a number of strategies to choose the best tool for you and I provided a list of those I think are the best bets currently available. Now, while I think this list is already very useful, I decided to give you more and I interviewed one data visualization expert for each tool mentioned in the list.
I will be publishing the interviews during the next weeks. Some of them are still in preparation and the list might be expanded in the future as comments and requests come in (please feel free to ask!) What I can tell you from now is that I have the following interviews in editing stage and that the first one will come very very soon:
- Miriah Meyer on Processing.
- Joe Mako on Tableau.
- Jorge Camoes on Excel.
- Jan Willem Tulp and Jerome Cukier on Protovis and D3.
- Drew Conway on R.
Each one is a real pro in his area and knows very well the tool he or she uses to make effective visualization. I am sure you will get a lot of useful information out of them.
To each one I asked the following questions:
- How did you start doing visualization with X?
- What’s the best and worst aspect of X?
- Ok, I am a beginner and I want to learn doing visualization with X, where do I start?
- How is the learning curve vs. return-on-investment of X?
- What other tools would you recommend other than X?
I hope you’ll enjoy it. Stay tuned! The first one is coming very soon.
Important: if you are an expert and are willing to answer these questions about your favorite tool I’d be happy to include you in the list!
More important: specific request for other person/tool interviews are welcome! Who else would you like me to catch? About which tool? I cannot assure you anything but I’d love to receive your requests.
Take care guys, and have fun.