The Data Book List

books data viz tip Nov 02, 2022
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Here's a list of books about data and data visualization, recommended by me and others in the Schilling Data Studio community. Get in touch on Instagram if you have suggestions for books to add!


  • Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil
  • Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Noble
  • Data Feminism by Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren Klein
  • Living in Data by Jer Thorp
  • Analytics Interpreted: A Compilation of Perspectives by Rehgan Avon and Dave Cherry


Data Viz Principles and Design

  • The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics by Dona M. Wong
  • Storytelling with Data by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic
  • Functional Aesthetics for Data Visualization by Bridget Cogley and Vidya Setlur
  • The Truthful Art by Alberto Cairo
  • The Big Picture by Steve Wexler
  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte
  • Questions in Dataviz by Neil Richards


Data Viz Inspiration

  • W.E.B. Du Bois's Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America by Britt Rusert and Whitney Battle-Baptiste
  • Dear Data by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec
  • Am I Overthinking This? by Michelle Rial
  • Star Wars Super Graphic by Tim Leong
  • Making with Data Physical Design and Craft in a Data-Driven World edited by Samuel Huron, Till Nagel, Lora Oehlberg, Wesley Willett


Data Viz How-To

  • Tableau Desktop Cookbook by Lorna Brown
  • Data Sketches by Nadieh Bremer and Shirley Wu


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