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How to visualize data

Like my other post this week, I attempted to create my own images to show something off. My first post was about telling a story about the United States, this post is about showing data (data visualization). “Data visualization is the graphical representation of information and data. By using visual elements like charts, graphs, and maps, data visualization tools provide an accessible way to see and understand trends, outliers, and patterns in data” ( The clearer you make the data the easier it is for people to understand what you’re trying to convey.

I chose to do Boston sports championships. Now, I’m not a Boston sports fan. Not in the slightest, but they have won the most championships in recent memory, which gives me the most data to work with. Luckily my girlfriend’s roommate is a big Boston fan so when I visited her this past weekend I was able to take pictures of each pennant she had hanging on the wall. Since I was doing chronological data I used a vertical chart as my form of data visualization. “Vertical (column chart) is best used for chronological data (time-series should always run left to right), or when visualizing negative values below the x-axis” ( I wasn’t using a time-series, but my data is chronological, labeling each championship each team had won. If I were to do this again I would try a line graph starting from the first championship a Boston team won and show the distances between championships.


“Data Visualization Beginner’s Guide: a Definition, Examples, and Learning Resources.” Tableau Software,

Hubspot, Visage. “Data Visualization 101: How to Design Charts and Graphs”. PDF file.

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