The five best design links, every weekday


How to get started with data visualization

A subjective and practical guide on what to do if you want to create data visualizations yourself (including lots of exercises and examples!)

Which fonts to use for your charts and tables

Sans-serif or serif typefaces? Lining or oldstyle figures? Narrow or wide? We explain which fonts work best for data visualizations.

How to choose an interpolation for your color scale

Natural, Quantiles, Linear, Custom – which option is the best for your map?

What background color should your data vis have?

Let’s look at 100 data visualizations from advanced data vis designers and beginners. Which background colors do they use – and why?

Data Vis Dispatch, September 7

The best of last week’s big and small data visualizations

Three simple ideas for better election poll graphics

Reporting on election polls can be misleading. But a few simple fixes go a long way — so your readers see facts, not magic.

When to use classed and when to use unclassed color scales

If you use a quantitative color scale, you need to decide if you want to split your values into brackets.

Which color scale to use when visualizing data

From hues to gradient types this four-part series goes deep on what color scales work with what data.

How to pick more beautiful colors for your data visualizations

Choosing good colors for your charts is hard. This article tries to make it easier.

Your Friendly Guide to Colors in Data Visualisation

Once upon a time, I tweeted on an urgent matter. "Can somebody tell me how to get better with color?".