Good Charts Workbook

Good Charts Workbook : Tips, Tools, and Exercises for Making Better Data Visualizations

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Talk. Sketch. Prototype. Repeat.

You know right away when you see an effective chart or graphic. It hits you with an immediate sense of its meaning and impact. But what actually makes it clearer, sharper, and more effective? If you're ready to create your own "good charts"--data visualizations that powerfully communicate your ideas and research and that advance your career--the Good Charts Workbook is the hands-on guide you've been looking for.

The original Good Charts changed the landscape by helping readers understand how to think visually and by laying out a process for creating powerful data visualizations. Now, the Good Charts Workbook provides tools, exercises, and practical insights to help people in all kinds of enterprises gain the skills they need to get started.

Harvard Business Review Senior Editor and dataviz expert Scott Berinato leads you, step-by-step, through the key challenges in creating good charts--controlling color, crafting for clarity, choosing chart types, practicing persuasion, capturing concepts--with warm-up exercises and mini-challenges for each. The Workbook includes helpful prompts and reminders throughout, as well as white space for users to practice the Good Charts talk-sketch-prototype process.

Good Charts Workbook is the must-have manual for better understanding the dataviz around you and for creating better charts to make your case more effectively.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 190 x 241 x 22.86mm | 793.79g
  • United States
  • English
  • Workbook
  • 1633696170
  • 9781633696174
  • 308,255

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Praise for the original book, Good Charts: The HBR Guide to Making Smarter, More Persuasive Data Visualizations:

"Berinato writes . . . from a grounded peer-to-peer perspective that feels genuinely encouraging and empowering . . . may just be the design book of the year." -- CO.DESIGN (Fast Company)

"This is an elegant volume . . . an antidote for 'death by PowerPoint' . . . a comprehensive and attractive introduction to the subject." -- Choice

"Berinato's book is peppered with examples of the good, the bad, and the downright ugly . . . with lots of practical tips on how to improve presentations." -- Irish Times

"It isn't often that I say 'I wish I'd written that book.' But if I could have double-clicked on the data section of slide:ology and had a book pop out, Good Charts would be the book!" -- Nancy Duarte, CEO, Duarte, Inc.; bestselling author, slide:ology
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About Scott Berinato

Scott Berinato, self-professed dataviz geek, is the author of Good Charts: The HBR Guide to Making Smarter, More Persuasive Data Visualizations, of which Fast Company said "It may just be the design manual of the year." He speaks frequently on the power and necessity of good data visualization--his most recent talk being his third consecutive year presenting on dataviz at SXSW in Austin, Texas--and has worked with many companies and individuals to up their dataviz game. He is a senior editor at Harvard Business Review where he writes and edits about visualization, and also technology and business.

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