Two really well presented and interesting books are in the well known O'Reilly collections:
- Beautiful Visualization Looking at Data through the Eyes of Experts
Visualization is the graphic presentation of data -- portrayals meant to reveal complex information at a glance. Think of the familiar map of the New York City subway system, or a diagram of the human brain. Successful visualizations are beautiful not only for their aesthetic design, but also for elegant layers of detail that efficiently generate insight and new understanding.
This book examines the methods of two dozen visualization experts who approach their projects from a variety of perspectives -- as artists, designers, commentators, scientists, analysts, statisticians, and more. Together they demonstrate how visualization can help us make sense of the world.
Explore the importance of storytelling with a simple visualization exercise
Learn how color conveys information that our brains recognize before we're fully aware of it
Discover how the books we buy and the people we associate with reveal clues to our deeper selves
Recognize a method to the madness of air travel with a visualization of civilian air traffic
Find out how researchers investigate unknown phenomena, from initial sketches to published papers
- Beautiful Data The Stories Behind Elegant Data Solutions
In this insightful book, you'll learn from the best data practitioners in the field just how wide-ranging -- and beautiful -- working with data can be. Join 39 contributors as they explain how they developed simple and elegant solutions on projects ranging from the Mars lander to a Radiohead video.
With Beautiful Data, you will:
Explore the opportunities and challenges involved in working with the vast number of datasets made available by the Web
Learn how to visualize trends in urban crime, using maps and data mashups
Discover the challenges of designing a data processing system that works within the constraints of space travel
Learn how crowdsourcing and transparency have combined to advance the state of drug research
Understand how new data can automatically trigger alerts when it matches or overlaps pre-existing data
Learn about the massive infrastructure required to create, capture, and process DNA data
That's only small sample of what you'll find in Beautiful Data. For anyone who handles data, this is a truly fascinating book.