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Data at Work: Best practices for creating effective charts and information graphics in Microsoft Excel (Voices That Matter) Paperback – April 21, 2016
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About the Author
Jorge Camões has been consulting businesses on how to effectively use information visualizations since 2010 with clients that include the global retail giant, IKEA. Prior to starting his consulting business, Camões worked for 10 years in the business intelligence department of the Portuguese subsidiary of Merck & Co. Camões runs the popular data visualization blog, Excelcharts.com, which has 30K monthly visitors. He works from his home in Lisbon, Portugal.
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Few's book is massive and comprehensive, but generally too detailed to be easily approachable. Knaflic's book is very much about the storytelling aspect, which is great if you're investing some serious time in individual graphs for something like a quarterly report (once you have the data and know what you want to say), but Data at Work had more content and example that were applicable to something like template building.
almost all of the transformations and cases illustrated in the book are done through Excel; which i like a lot.
although the book does not contain step by step instructions to develop these charts (and the book is not intended for that purpose anyways ); if you have a decent background in Excel you will be able to recreate most of the visuals displayed or decode the example files uploaded by Jorge in the companion site.
I begin following Jorge for years, and have a relatively decent background in Excel and VBA. I did not face any problem understanding the files attached in the companion site, the methods and formulas embedded. if i recall correctly all of the examples do not need VBA to construct but i found that I was able to re-create some using VBA routine easily.
one note though the printing quality is crap :) this is a valuable book and very practical too, with bending I noticed that some pages especially at the beginning of the book started to fall :( Jorge if there is any upcoming version please print it with another publisher.
looking forward for your next book Jorge, keep sharing and keep developing good visuals using Excel .. you are among the few people around the world that have mastered creating such beautiful meaningful art with Excel, I hope you stay motivated in this domain and publish more Excel books in the future :) I will definitely buy them all :D
For those of you who've read Edward Tufte and are looking for practical instruction of doing what he says, this is a great start. (For those of you who haven't, what are you waiting for? Get a hold of The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, read it, and then come back.)
For readers who don't care for the lengthy explanations, just flip through until something strikes you. And it will. The Excel examples are a handy reference. All around well executed - this is really about the best you can do in Excel without resorting to VBA hacking. This book will make you think twice about that graph you're working on, and you'll be motivated to make it even better. Well done.