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View of Georgetown campus from the Virginia side of the Potomac

View of Georgetown campus from the Virginia side of the Potomac

Data Visualization


tableau logo (Supported by Library Staff)

Tableau Public: Create fast and easy interactive visualizations with Tableau Public. Tableau Public is free but users are not able to make their data private and must save their visualizations to the web. To make data private, users have to upgrade to Tableau Desktop. Students can get Tableau Desktop for free for one year by signing up with their .edu email accounts.

Tableau Public Help - Online help for using tableau public.

Formatting Data for Tableau Public - Learn how to properly format your data for Tableau Public.

Visual Analysis Best Practices - A whitepaper by Tableau of "techniques that can make the process of visualizing data more structured."

google charts
Google Charts: Google chart tools are powerful, simple to use, and free. Try out the rich gallery of interactive charts and data tools.


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Datawrapper: An open-source tool for creating charts. Share and embed the charts in your website using the provided embed code or link.


gap minder logo

Gapminder: Compare data sets on various global indicators to explore trends over time. Gapminder includes lots of great data and an engaging animated format. You cannot upload your own data to Gapminder.


wordle logo  (Supported by Gelardin Staff)

Wordle: Create word clouds from text that you provide. Customize colors, fonts, and layouts. Print out your Wordles or save them to the gallery to get an embed link.


pik to chart logo  (Supported by Gelardin Staff)
Piktochart: Create attractive and modern infographics with Piktochart. The free account has limited themes and limited image uploads, but is still quite usable and provides users with an embed code and link for sharing. The free account does not let users make their infographics private.

Piktochart Support - Get help creating infographics using Piktochart. logo features a huge collection of infographics and data visualizations but it also allows users to create their own infographics using predesigned themes and templates. logo Create infographics quickly and easily. provides a variety of icons, shapes, and fonts to customize any of their templates. Sign up for an account to make your infographics private or public and to get a link or embed code for sharing.


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Adobe Color: Adobe Color lets users discover and create their own color schemes. Users can download their color scheme as a .ase file to use with Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.


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Color Brewer: Color Brewer helps users choose appropriate colors for mapping. Export and download your colors to use in GIS, Adobe products, and Excel.

Types of Visual Representations

Data Visualizations - Data visualizations emphasize the data more than the design. Data visualizations focus on objectively conveying the data to the viewer for interpretation and analysis. Most charts, maps, and plots are considered data visualizations. Data visualizations are usually generated by a computer.

A peek into Netflix Queues

Why is her paycheck smaller?

London Underground Map

Dropout Epidemic

How Much is a Limb Worth?

Infographics - Infographics tend to focus on one or two key points extracted from the data, not all of the data. Infographics are custom drawn/designed and are more aesthetically pleasing than other visualizations. Infographics can also convey abstract ideas or be used to entertain. Infographics usually target specific audiences. Infographics can contain data visualizations (charts, maps, diagrams).

Don't Smoke

A Tale of Two Meals

Death & Taxes

Pop Chart Labs


Data Art - Data Art is more about presenting data (or an idea) in a visually appealing way than about presenting the data in a way that promotes interpretive accuracy. Data Art tries to evoke an emotion or mood. Data Art is often meant for exhibition purproses.

Laurie Frick's work

Wind Map

MTV's 10 Greatest Music Videos of All Time

What Love Looks Like

Drawing and Graphics

D3 logo

D3: D3.js is a JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data. D3 helps you bring data to life using HTML, SVG, and CSS. D3’s emphasis on web standards gives you the full capabilities of modern browsers without tying yourself to a proprietary framework, combining powerful visualization components and a data-driven approach to DOM manipulation.

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Inkscape: An open-source vector graphics editor. An excellent and free alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
Inkscape Guide - A detailed guide on using Inkscape, available in web format or as an e-book.
Inkscape Tutorials - A few tutorials provided by Inkscape.


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Adobe Illustrator: A powerful vector graphics editor that is popular for creating static visualizations. There is a free 30-day trial for the entire Adobe Creative Cloud suite (including Illustrator). After the trial period, users can elect to subscribe to the programs they want on a month-to-month basis. Available on computers throughout Lauinger library: see this chart for more information.

Creating Graphs in Adobe Illustrator - Instructions by Adobe for how to create and customize nine different types of graphs.

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GIMP: An open-source image retouching and editing tool. An excellent and free alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

Photoshop logo (Supported by Gelardin Staff)

Photoshop: A powerful image editing and manipulation program. There is a free 30-day trial for the entire Adobe Creative Cloud suite (including Photoshop). After the trial period, users can elect to subscribe to the programs they want on a month-to-month basis. Available on computers throughout Lauinger library: see this chart for more information.

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Processing: An open-source language for programming. Initially created to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach programming fundamentals within a visual context, Processing has also evolved into a development tool for professionals.

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The Noun Project: A repository of icons uploaded by graphic designers for public use. Icons are available for free (requires attribution) or for a small fee (does not require attribution).


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