DataMustRead Book Club Pick: Discover the Art of Data Visualization with Show Me the Numbers

Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten
Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten

This month’s #DataMustRead book club selection is Show Me the Numbers by Stephen Few. In my ongoing mission to explore and share the most insightful resources in the field of data, I’ve chosen this exceptional guide on how to effectively present quantitative information.

Why Show Me the Numbers?

Data visualization is an essential skill in today’s data-driven world. It’s about translating complex data into an easy-to-understand visual format that helps us make sense of the numbers and tell compelling stories. It’s an area I’ve explored in my own recent book, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI.

Show Me the Numbers is a master class in the principles and practices of data visualization. It’s an ideal guide for anyone involved in communicating with numbers – whether you’re a business professional, analyst, researcher, or student. And if you’re a fan of Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI, you’ll find Show Me the Numbers a complementary read.

Gleaning Insights from Data

The book starts with the basics, explaining the types of data and which tables or graphs are best for communicating them. But it doesn’t stop there. It builds on these insights by delving into more creative elements of data visualization. The beauty of this book is its broad appeal – it’s as accessible to beginners as it is enlightening to seasoned data professionals.

Stephen Few is a renowned expert in the field of data visualization, and his expertise shines through in this book. He shows us how to choose the right chart type, how to use color and text effectively, and how to avoid common pitfalls. Throughout the book, he supports his teachings with relevant examples and exercises that allow readers to apply the concepts to their own data.

A Practical Approach

Show Me the Numbers is refreshingly practical. It offers sensible advice that you can apply directly to your work using modern tools and practices. Unlike some books that present unusual and pretty charts for unusual cases, Show Me the Numbers focuses on functional, effective visualization techniques that can be used in real-world scenarios.

One of the most appreciated aspects of this book, as mentioned in several reviews, is its readability. Even the statistical explanations are simple, yet accurate. It’s a technical book that you can comfortably read in your backyard and relax with while learning valuable skills.

Join the #DataMustRead Book Club

In conclusion, Show Me the Numbers is a highly recommended read for anyone interested in data visualization. It’s a book that takes the wisdom of classic authors in the field and builds on it with practical, up-to-date advice.

Ready to dive in? Order your copy of Show Me the Numbers and support both me and the author. Join the #DataMustRead book club, share your thoughts, and let’s continue our journey to master the world of data together!

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Discover the Power of Honest Data Visualization: Elevate Your Data Storytelling Skills with The Truthful Art

Truthful Art, The: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication
Truthful Art, The: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication

Welcome to the #datamustread book club, where we dive into the world of data with compelling and informative reads. This month, I’ve chosen a book that will revolutionize the way you approach data visualization: The Truthful Art by Alberto Cairo. In this blog post, I’ll provide you with an in-depth look at the book and its valuable lessons, as well as examples and anecdotes that demonstrate its relevance to data enthusiasts like you.

Unleashing the Storytelling Potential of Data

The Truthful Art delves into the principles and practices of data visualization, teaching you how to create graphical representations of information that are both effective and honest. By viewing data visualization as a tool for communication, the book emphasizes its potential to convey stories, arguments, and insights to a diverse audience.

A Comprehensive Guide to Data Visualization

This book provides readers with a deep understanding of data analysis, design, storytelling, and the ethical and practical challenges that accompany working with data. Throughout the book, Alberto draws from his experience as a journalist, professor, and consultant to offer practical advice and insights on creating and evaluating data visualizations.

Learn from Real-World Examples and Exercises

What sets The Truthful Art apart from other data visualization resources is its use of real-world examples and exercises. The book goes beyond theoretical concepts by demonstrating how to apply these ideas to your own projects. This hands-on approach ensures that you can readily implement the techniques you learn, making your data visualizations more effective and honest.

A Manifesto for the Truthful Art of Data Communication

The Truthful Art is more than just a guide to data visualization. It’s a call to action, urging readers to think critically and creatively about data and communicate their findings in a clear and compelling way. The book challenges you to reflect on your biases and assumptions and to consider the ethical implications of your work.

Don’t Miss This Essential Read for Data Enthusiasts

If you’re passionate about data visualization and want to take your skills to the next level, The Truthful Art is a must-read. By offering valuable insights, practical examples, and a focus on ethics, this book is an essential resource for anyone who wants to use data to inform, persuade, or inspire others.

Ready to dive into The Truthful Art and transform your approach to data visualization? Order your copy today and support both me and the author in our quest to spread the power of honest data visualization.

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Decisively Digital is the #1 Best-Selling Computers & Technology Industry Book on Amazon

Decisively Digital is an Amazon Best Seller
Decisively Digital is an Amazon Best Seller

What a great start to the new year: I am absolutely thrilled and grateful that my book, Decisively Digital, is the #1 best-selling Computers & Technology Industry book on Amazon!

When I first started writing this book, I had a strong belief in the message that I wanted to share with the world. I wanted to share my insights and experiences on how businesses can harness the power of digital technologies to drive growth and success by interviewing thought leaders from a variety of industries.

I hope that Decisively Digital will continue to inspire and empower readers to embrace the digital age and harness the full potential of technology for their own businesses and organizations. Thank you again for all of your support, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

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Join the #bookaweekchallenge for a Chance to win a copy of Decisively Digital

Join the #bookaweekchallenge with 7 days of Decisively Digital
Join the #bookaweekchallenge with 7 days of Decisively Digital

My book Decisively Digital: From Creating a Culture to Designing Strategy (➑️Amazon) is guest at Christina Stathopoulos and her #bookaweekchallenge on LinkedIn. Join Christina as she reflects on her journey through the book with several LinkedIn posts.

Christina’s posts can be found further down this blog along with a variety of interesting comments and opinions. Feel free to join the discussion on LinkedIn! You also have the chance to participate in our raffle and win one of three copies of Decisively Digital! Good luck!

Now I’ll turn it over to Christina, who kicks off the challenge with the following introduction to Decisively Digital (day 1):

No one can argue that today’s business landscape is DIGITAL, you’ve got to stay ahead of the curve or you’ll quickly fall behind. It’s Digital or… Disappear.

Jam-packed with insights, this book includes 24 interviews with leaders of the digital revolution covering:

πŸ’» Digital Culture & Modern Work (day 2)
πŸ“Š Data Democracy & Analytics (day 3)
☁️ Big Data Processing & Cloud Computing (day 4)
πŸ€– Artificial Intelligence (day 5)
πŸ“³ Process Automation, Blockchain & IoT (day 6)


πŸ’‘ Wrap-up and Raffle (day 7)
🎁 Announcement of Winners (day 8)

Day 1: πŸš€ Introduction to Decisively Digital

Day 2: πŸ’» Digital Culture & Modern Work

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Decisively Digital is nominated for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2021

The publisher of Decisively Digital, Wiley, has informed me that our book is now officially nominated for the prestigious Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2021.

The nomination itself is a very big achievement. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we win this award!

Thank you, everyone, for making this possible β€” and for the uplifting and inspiring words: