The only required textbook is The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edward Tufte.

Other Textbooks (purchase not required)

  • Visualize This, Nathan Yau
    The book provides an introduction to the most important tools and techniques. It makes for a nice complement to Tufte. We won’t use this book in class, but it’s a great resource to quickly dive into creating visualizations.
  • Designing Data Visualizations, Noah Illinsky, Julie Steele
    Equally as useful as an introduction. Covers many basics, and it’s a great read. Unfortunately the print version is b/w only. I’d recommend getting the ebook. An alternative is to access it through Safari Books online free of charge through the library proxy (see link above).
    I will also assign some of the chapters as readings for the class.

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