My name is Lisa Williams and I recently finished teaching a four week course for absolute beginners on data visualization — absolute beginners who happened to have day jobs in mission-driven nonprofits and local community foundations.    I found the experience, and the class’ participants energy and insight very inspiring.  When I finished, I thought, “I should write a book — so that anybody who wants to change the world can also change charts and graphs.”

I wasn’t sure what to call it, until I attended a gathering of my students and peers.  One of them suggested that I call it “Data For Radicals.”  “Do you really have to be that radical to learn data visualization?” I asked?  “No, but it really helps!” they replied.

This site will contain high-quality, beginner-level tutorials that will cover data visualization fundamentals and more, all using real data reflecting important social and civic issues — education, race, open government and democracy, economic and social justice.

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  1. Ted M. says:

    Glad our little group could inspire you… I look forward to learning more, and I hope, finding the time to continue to hone my rudimentary skills. (For everyone else – she’s a good teacher, too!)

    1. lisawilliams says:

      Thanks, Ted! By the way — let me know if you want a copy of “Getting Started with Processing.” For your interests, I think you’d really love Alberto Cairo’s “The Functional Art,” which is about the strategy behind dataviz.

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My name is Lisa Williams and I recently finished teaching a four week course for absolute beginners on data visualization — absolute beginners who happened to have day jobs in mission-driven nonprofits and local community foundations. I found the experience, and the class’ participants energy and insight very inspiring. When I finished, I thought, “I should write a book — so that anybody who wants to change the world can also change charts and graphs.” I wasn’t sure what to call it, until I attended a gathering of my students and peers. One of them suggested that I call it “Data For Radicals.” “Do you really have to be that radical to learn data visualization?” I asked? “No, but it really helps!” they replied. This site will contain high-quality, beginner-level tutorials that will cover data visualization fundamentals and more, all using real data reflecting important social and civic issues — education, race, open government and democracy, economic and social justice.

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