21 Essential Data Visualization Tools
We have collected leading data visualization tools, with a short overview of each tool, its strong and weak points.
By Piotr Kuzniewicz, (Usability Tools).
They say a picture is worth a thousand words—but in online world, a chart or infographic will enrich any designers repertoire.
If you are focused on having a clear insight into your numbers, then you know what your business needs: Data Visualization. Let me introduce you to the article in which you will find 21 Data Visualization tools that are essential for your website.
Canva makes design simple for everyone. It gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into outstanding designs. You can start with a custom layout or a blank page. There’s no limits to your creativity with all the tools in one place. Just search and drag to create beautiful designs and Canva will take care of the boring bits. The tool is online and free to use.
D3.js is an abbreviation for ‘Data Driven Documents’. It uses HTML, CSS, and SVG to render amazing charts and diagrams. D3’s emphasis on web standards gives you the full capabilities of modern browsers without tying yourself to any type of framework, which combines powerful visualization components with a data-driven approach.
Datawrapper allows you to create charts and maps in four steps. The tool reduces the time you need to create your visualizations from hours to minutes. It’s easy to use – all you need to do is to upload your data, choose a chart or a map and publish it. Datawrapper is built for customization to your needs; Layouts and visualizations can adapt based on your style guide.
Dipity is another timeline-creating tools that is useful to organize your web’s content by date and time. Users may create and share interactive and engaging timelines with audio, video and images, or even social media channels. It is a must have for newspapers, journalists and bloggers.
Excel comes as part of the commercial Microsoft Office suite. It offers some pretty complex stuff, from heat maps of cells to scatter plots. It can be a good way of quickly exploring data for beginners, thanks to being an entry-level tool. It should definitely be the part of your toolbox. However, if you don’t have access to Microsoft Office suite, you can try Google Docs – they can do many of the same things.
FusionCharts Suite XT gives you good-looking charts with exciting animation, smart designs and rich interactivity. It offers a unified experience across PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones or Android platforms. It also works with all web and mobile applications, this includes IE 6, 7 and 8 that most components do not support. All it takes to create your first chart is 15 minutes. FusionCharts Suite XT gives you 90+ charts and graphs right from the basic ones to the more advanced Funnel, Heat Map, Zoom Line and Multi-Axis Charts.
Gliffy allows you to create professional flowcharts, Org charts, UML diagrams, Wireframes, technical drawings and more. It works with every browser. Gliffy runs on an HTML5 editor that’s more twice as fast as Flash. It provides you with a read-only URL displaying your diagram and lets you share your work via social media. Just drag-and-drop shapes from an extensive library and point-and-click your way to format and customize it for simple reselection.