Interactive Things have published a set of the best tools for data visualization, on their site, Data Visualization. Datavisualization.ch is published, built and maintained by Interactive Things, a design and technology studio located in Zürich, Switzerland. Interactive Things provide User Experience, Interaction Design and Data Visualization services for a range of clients including work for educational institutes, NGOs, personal finance services, telecommunication companies and international banks.
Author of the collected resource post, Benjamin Wiederkehr is UX & Production Lead Founding Partner at Interactive Things. He says “When I meet with people and talk about our work, I get asked a lot what technology we use to create interactive and dynamic data visualizations” (via Datavisualisation). This inspired the team to share the set of preferred libraries, applications and services that the team use regularly in their studio work.
Says Wiederkehr, “We will select the most fitting tool for the job depending on the requirements of the project. Sometimes a really simple tool is all you need to create something meaningful. On other occasions, a more multifaceted repertoire is needed. But how does one choose the right thing to use? An endless list of every tool available, does not answer that question and a recommendation from a friend is oftentimes more valuable. That’s why we have put together a selection of tools that we use the most and that we enjoy working with. We called it selection.datavisualization.ch”
The site includes libraries for plotting data on maps, frameworks for chart creation, graphs, diagrams and tools to make the handling of data simplified as far as possible. The team feel that the site is useful for designers not involved with programming for whom applications are included that don’t require knowledge of code.
The aim is to keep the list as a “living repository” and the team at Interactive Things endeavor to add, remove, replace and update as technology continues to evolve to enable others to find the best tool for the job.
Data Visualization is described by the team as “a transversal discipline which harnesses the immense power of visual communication in order to explain, in an understandable manner, the relationships of meaning, cause and dependency which can be found among the great abstract masses of information generated by scientific and social processes.” The site Datavisualization.ch is intended to be a key resource for data visualization and infographics; a place to share opinions as part of a community, to discuss movements, inspire and spark new ideas.