My Data Visualization Wish List

My Data Visualization Wish List

This is the time of year when many children make their holiday wish lists. Now that I’m a grown-up, my wish lists look a bit different. For instance, I have a data visualization wish list.

You see, I’m both a market researcher and a marketer. So I like data, and I like shiny objects. Hence I like data visualization.

But I can’t just go out and buy every shiny toy that looks cool, or else I’d break the bank.

Here is my data visualization wish list for the holidays; it includes 10 things I’d like, regardless of cost or practicality.

  1. A copy of Adobe AfterEffects, because I literally want to animate my data.
  2. A subscription to MapBox.
  3. A gift card to buy data visualization books, including Beautiful Data, Information Dashboard Design, Visualize This, and Information is Beautiful.
  4. A copy of SAS.
  5. Tickets to VisWeek, Visualized and VDA.
  6. An iPad and a Samsung Galaxy Note with SecondPrism installed, because the future of data visualization is touch.
  7. A copy of Tableau.
  8. Registration in Edward Tufte’s One-Day Class.
  9. A copy of Adobe Illustrator, in order to recreate data relationships and make them beautiful.
  10. A copy of Tibco Spotfire.

That would be enough to keep me busy for a while, but I’m sure as this dynamic field continues to change the list will keep growing longer.

What data visualization tools and learning aids are you dreaming of?

About Dana Stanley

Dana is the Editor-in-Chief of Research Access.


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