I like to call it the invisible data visualization: all those Excel charts made for private consumption by product managers, accountants, marketeers, sales reps. You can’t see them but they are there, and millions of hours are spent every single year making and presenting them.
Then we have the highly visible data visualization: the sexy kingdom of infographics, where marketeers, bloggers and graphic designers fight for a scarce good: your attention.
I have nothing much to had to the visible side. There are many good books by graphic designers for graphic designers. I own several of them and they are both beautiful and useful.
What about all those on the invisible side? They have different needs, different skills, different practices. Shouldn’t there be books for them too? Or are the publishers too busy with yet another Excel handbook?
You can always rely on Stephen Few’s books, but I believe we need something for Excel. Because everyone uses or have access to Excel. And, I’ll say it again, 90% of all corporate users need to know about data visualization can be practiced using Excel. Before switching for a better tool…
So, what can I do about it?
My New Year’s resolution for 2012 is to make this blog a consistent and structured data visualization resource for corporate users. I’ve outlined a “book” that I’ll be publishing here using pages, not posts (this allows for better structure). I’ll publish those pages more or less randomly but, like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle, structure is there, and each piece reveals a little more.
When can we start?
Right now. Here is the first page: What is a chart?