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.