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Edward Tufte in San Francisco (meets AnyChart) February 18th, 2016 by Margaret Skomorokh

Edward Tufte one-day course in San Francisco

Edward Tufte, which was once called “The Leonardo da Vinci of data”, is a statistician and artist, a professor emeritus of political science, statistics, and computer science at Yale University, and an author of 4 classic books on data visualization. In December 2015, Mr. Tufte read his one-day course in data visualization (Presenting Data and Information) in San Francisco. We were there and enjoyed it a lot! See our short report about this event, along with some photos we took during the lecture.

Edward Tufte's 'Beautiful Evidence' Signed by author and AnyChart Card

Edward Tufte in San Francisco

In this picture Edward Tufte shows a most remarkable book – Euclid’s Geometry (1570) with pop-up 3D models:

Edward Tufte shows Euclid's Geometry with pop-up 3D models

And here is an image of Russian army command center, which was used by Mr. Tufte to express his disapproval of 3D Pie charts. He said that a country that uses 3D Pie charts in its’ command center will lose any war. However, we believe that, if used properly, 3D Charts can be a decent tool for data visualization – that is why we have added them in AnyChart JavaScript Charts Library.

Mr. Tufte express disapproval of 3D Pie charts Russian command center

After the lecture, we were lucky to get our books signed by the author and talk to him. Mr. Tufte remembered us because AnyChart implemented Sparkline Charts – a type of charts he invented. He suggested that we use AnyChart to create some of the challenging data visualizations mentioned in his books. Challenge accepted, coming soon!

Our short but intensive conversation with Mr. Tufte was followed by discussing Sparklines in Twitter:

So we ended up getting a boxed set of four books: Beautiful Evidence, Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative, Envisioning Information, and The Visual Display of Quantitative Information.

Edward Tufte's Book Set and AnyChart Card


Top 5 Books about Data Visualization and Charting June 30th, 2015 by Anton Baranchuk

Every day at AnyChart we deal with a lot of different data visualizations, charts, diagrams, dashboards when we help our clients to build their beautiful products. So, we have a lot of experience with both Flash and HTML5 charts, but also we recognize power of  reading to get theoretical understanding of basic concept from guru-thinkers. Here are our top 5 picks: Read more »