Map of Data Visualization Books




Information designer Evelina Judeikyte published this Map of DataViz Books back in 2021 and updated it in December 2022. It consists of 30 books she has read across two axes: Length of read (short vs. long) and instructional vs. inspirational (arguable whether that’s continuous or not). Books Evelina read in 2022 were shown with the hatched pattern and I was pleased to see my Better Data Visualizations book appear on the list (in the bottom-right corner). We’ll see if she publishes a new one at the end of 2023.

I’m not sure if I saw the original image in 2021, but the 2022 version has been in the back of my head for months.

Obviously, the two dimensions are Evelina’s opinions about the books and I don’t intend to criticize or argue with her representation of the space. I do believe books can be both instructional and inspirational, but that’s not why it’s been stuck in my head.

Instead, I’ve been thinking about how I might represent the new wave of data visualization books that go beyond—or maybe in just a different direction—than the instructional/inspirational continuum.

Author(s): Jon Schwabish

Publication Date: 4 Oct 2023

Publication Site: PolicyViz Newsletter on substack