The Process of Creating Data Visualizations

The Process of Creating Data Visualizations

Jan Willem Tulp is a freelance information visualizer based in The Hague, The Netherlands. With his company, TULP interactive, he creates data visualizations for a wide variety of clients, such as Scientific American, Popular Science, Amsterdam Airport and World Economic Forum.

Have you ever wondered how today’s beautiful visualizations are created? If you Google ‘process of creating a data visualization’, you’d be hard-pressed to find a good resource that describes it. And maybe the reason is that there is no such process — not a formal one, anyway.

Despite not having a required set of steps, here are three stages that the visualization creation proces goes through:

 
1. “Get me some data, now!”

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