Data can be dry and hard to comprehend when it’s just spit out onto a page, no matter how nicely you style your tables. Recently, designers have found many ways to make data more visual—and often even beautiful. Display complex data graphically instead of simply with numbers. It’s even better when it’s interactive. Users can be given the chance to show and hide data elements, flip it around, zoom in or zoom out.
From treemaps to histograms, carefully designed data graphics let users absorb and appreciate information fast.
Data Visualization: Modern Approaches By Vitaly Friedman