Learning how to build visualisations is a long way, so if you want to start from scratch you can check our tutorials about the basics on infographics and its main tools. If you are a beginner, try online software as Visual.ly, Highcharts, Cartodb or Infogr.am. However, if you are a "developer", R, D3.js and Gephi will be your best options.
Almost everything can be visualised to extract interesting and useful insights. That’s why Datascope uses visualisations to know a little bit more about our customers' profile, how they consume our products or how we can use Twitter to discover insights about our business, among other things.
Data could be used not only to do attractive visualisations, but also to tell stories. When you have huge amounts of data you can create a new applications, that includes some visualisations and textual information to compose a big story. One of the best examples of this idea is Cell City , a project that contains different options to improve the urban planning of México City.
1. Find a good set of data and analyse it. You can look for unusual or important data. In addition, do not forget to check the attributes of data and their quality
2. Define your audience. Keep in mind who are you visualising for, because the features of the visualisation and the information you should put on it will depend on your target.
3. Structure your story. Use the correct type of diagram and guide the reader through the information. Interactivity is also a important factor..let your users play with your visualisations!