Data visualization is important, not only to scientific researchers and software developers, but also (and increasingly) to those interested in making arguments, and presenting narratives more broadly. This guide presents some selected resources for use in writing and communication projects.
For simple data visualization tasks, remember you can often use the built-in tools available in programs such as Microsoft Word or Powerpoint, or Excel (or Google's Docs, Slides or Sheets) to generate graphs and charts from data.
The video below provides some more quick tips on storytelling with data from Cole Nussbaumer Knaffic; please see the Visualization Learning Resources page of this guide for a link to her book on this subject.
Miami University Videos on creating visualizations in Excel and Google Sheets. The Miami University Libraries have many videos demonstrating how to create and share visualizations in PowerPoint and Google Slides, created by Miami Librarian Kristen Adams.
Online design tools such as Canva and Piktochart include some simple but versatile data visualization tools. Their advantage is that they include many flexible templates that help you incorporate your visualization in professional-looking pre-designed online or print-ready formats. You can also customize these designs, or create your own from scratch.