🔨 make

DataWrapper academy

DataWrapper is an excellent tool for making attractive charts, made by a team that includes a lot of journalists. It’s essentially free until you are a very heavy user. They also have an excellent blog with lots of good design tips.

Flourish basics

Flourish (owned by Google) is another tool for making charts which also has a pretty generous free use plan.

First Visual Story

A step-by-step guide to publishing a standalone story from a dataset. This tutorial will show you how journalists at America’s top news organizations escape rigid content-management systems to publish custom interactive graphics on deadline. You will get hands-on experience in every stage of the development process, writing JavaScript, HTML and CSS within a Node.js framework. You won’t stop until you’ve deployed a working application on the World Wide Web.

Storytelling with Data: Let’s Practice!

This is not a book. It is a one-of-a-kind immersive learning experience through which you can become—or teach others to be—a powerful data storyteller.

(Requires a free O’Reilly Learning account; see the front page)

🛠️ tools

A tool for choosing colors for data viz, with accessibility accommodations built-in

ColorBrewer: Color Advice for Maps

The classic, research-based tool for selecting color schemes for map-based viz. Jankier interface though.

👀 read

The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization

Website/blog associated with a series of excellent books by Alberto Cairo, who also makes the Data Journalism Podcast. See the Alberto Cairo page on O’Reilly Learning for links to full book text, video courses, and an Audio Book.

storytelling with data

Website associated with a series of excellent books by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic; it also has a blog, a podcast, videos, and more. The full text of Storytelling with Data is available free through O’Reilly Learning, as is “Let’s Practice” (see the Make section above).

Data vis do's & don'ts - Datawrapper Blog

The Datawrapper blog has lots of great info, but especially this category is full of design guidelines that are useful whether or not you are using Datawrapper to make your charts.

Reporting with numbers for journalists