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What is my greatest influence in writing a book? (or – what are Grandsire Doubles?)

I’ve always wanted to write a book, at least I think I’ve always wanted to. There are lots of reasons: the new challenge, the satisfaction and “legacy” of a physical publication, and, specifically, a productive use of my time during a difficult year or two as I enter the second half of my first decade […]

How can we use comics to tell data stories?

This is a repost of an article in Medium, the online journal of the Data Visualization Society, which you can find here: This post is a review of From Data to Stories, a book from Richie Lionell and Ramya Mylavarapu of Gramener, described on its front page as, “an end to end guide to Storytelling with […]

How do we visualise text?

There’s certainly nothing cryptic about this post’s title – it’s a review of Visualizing with Text, by Richard Brath. As explained on the back cover, the book “uncovers the rich palette of text elements usable in visualizations from simple labels through to documents.” One of its claims is “Eight new approaches to data visualization leveraging […]