A gallery of charts, diagrams, and plot types

What would you recommend as a comprehensive gallery of data presentation techniques? A source that could be used to refer to while you’re thinking about better ways of presenting your data?

I’ve identified the following ones, but will be glad if you could add yours:

Online galleries:

Books (plots scattered across pages):

  • Edward R. Tufte, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
  • Nathan Yau, Data Points


Nathan Yau’s books might be useful for people starting off, but are pitched lower than most visitors here should want to reach. I gave a very qualified 4 stars to “Data points” on amazon.com as can be seen at http://www.amazon.com/Data-Points-Visualization-Means-Something/dp/111846219X/

I can be very much more positive about William Cleveland’s outstanding books (see http://www.hobart.com/). One of many compliments about Cleveland’s books is that although now 19 or 20 years old, they don’t really date at all. Indeed, it is now much easier to do what Cleveland did across a wide range of software.

I am a fan of Tufte’s work (indeed should disclose an interest as a very marginal contributor to the enterprise). Of his four books on graphics that cited remains the place to start. See http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/ (Visual display is often misrepresented as Tufte’s first book; not so).

But probably the widest collection of statistical graphics is to be found in Leland Wilkinson’s magnum opus The Grammar of Graphics

R users should know about that as the main inspiration for ggplot2.

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Nick Cox

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