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Data Visualization: Examples and Resources

This guide provides an introduction to best practices, tools, and educational resources for data visualization.
Last Updated: Jan 19, 2024 2:35 PM

Books about Data Visualization

Data Visualization Examples

Infographic for the Info We Trust timeline project

Info we Trust

Info we Trust is an interactive timeline of the world's most iconic infographics, which lets you explore 300 years of data visualization history. Read more about it here: "Interacting with the History of Data Viz" (RJ Andrews, Sept. 28, 2017). Image source: "Interacting with the History of Data Viz."

Gapminder tools screenshot, bubble graph of national income levels in 2018

Gapminder Tools

Gapminder Tools, a site by the Swedish non-profit Gapminder Foundation, visualizes data on global economics, health, education, population, and more. Image source: Gapminder Tools free visualization, CC-BY license.

Screenshot of Simulated Dendrochronology  of U.S. Immigration 1790-2016

Simulated Dendrochronology of U.S. Immigration 1790-2016

This project by Pedro Cruz, John Wihbey, Avni Ghael, and Felipe Shibuya visualizes immigration to the United States over time as tree-rings, across the decades from 1830 to 2016. Image source: "Simulated Dendrochronology of U.S. Immigration 1790-2016."

The Kakapo infographic by Jonni Walker

Jonni Walker's Tableau Portfolio

View a portfolio of infographics created in Tableau by Jonni Walker; additional information available on his Data Blog. Image source: The Kakapo, created by Chris DeMartini, Rody Zakovich and Jonni Walker (2017).

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Visualization Universe

Visualization Universe, a collaboration between Google News Lab and Adioma, collects and displays data on graphs, books, and tools for data visualization. Image source: Visualization Universe.

UB Libraries Resources

Data Visualization Blogs and Galleries


Storytelling with Data - a blog by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

Visualising Data - website and blog by Andy Kirk

Flowing Data - a blog by Nathan Yau

Information is Beautiful - a blog by David McCandless

Day Doh Viz - data visualizations in play-doh by Amy Cesal

Chartable - a blog by Datawrapper

Graphic Detail - The Economist's data journalism blog

Modern Data - Plotly's data visualization blog

Xenographics - weird but (sometimes) useful charts




US Census Bureau Gallery

Tableau Public - Viz of the Day

Visually - Staff Picks

Visual Complexity

Information Is Beautiful Awards

The Atlas


JavaScript, R, and Python:

D3.js Gallery

Alternate D3.js Gallery

The R Graph Gallery

RStudio Shiny Gallery

The Python Graph Gallery



Carto Map Gallery

ArcGIS Map Gallery

Data Visualization was created by UB Libraries' 2018-2020 CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow, Rachel Starry. It is currently maintained by Carolyn Klotzbach-Russell. Guide content is licensed CC BY 4.0.

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