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Data reporting and visualization tools

over 6 years ago from , Interface Prototyper / Designer

My team is putting together some research studies and gathering data. We were wondering about how to properly display them be it through software, coding or just doing it as manual visualization in Illustrator/Sketch. I'm a UI designer primarily, working with a UX and data researcher on this.

One dev here recommended highcarts.js as a starting point. Considering this is something we're doing along side out main work we don't know if we can have a dedicated developer assigned to it and I have limited coding experience within html, css and Javascript.

TL;DR - Best way to report and visualize data we have gathered.

8 comments

  • Matt SistoMatt Sisto, over 6 years ago

    Oh snap! How could I forget:

    Personally, I think Variance gives you the most visually stunning charts out of the box.

    http://variancecharts.com

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  • Bowen LiBowen Li, over 6 years ago

    C3/D3 are great for quick and easy charts you can display on a webpage. Chartist is a bit nicer looking, but doesn't have as many features out of the box.

    If it's a one time thing, why not Excel/Numbers? No need to complicate things.

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    • Joe Alfonso, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

      The intention is to create a system that we can support all of our projects with. So ideally, this would be something we utilize over time and develop a system with. I appreciate the input. I'm looking into what you mentioned right now to see the differences. I'll go in tomorrow and ask around to see which one would fit us best.

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    • Matt SistoMatt Sisto, over 6 years ago

      FWIW, you can make C3 look pretty much exactly like those Chartist demos by styling the SVGs with CSS.

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  • Matt SistoMatt Sisto, over 6 years ago

    I would recommend that you try C3 to get your toes wet with D3.

    FYI you have to pay to use Highcharts commercially.

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    • Joe Alfonso, over 6 years ago

      Thanks. Yea price isn't an issue as long as the solution if effective. C3/D3 seem to be popular choices.

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      • Matt SistoMatt Sisto, over 6 years ago

        D3 is ridiculously powerful. You can do pretty much anything with it, but there's a pretty crazy steep learning curve it seems. We've been using C3 with the intention of further exploring D3's capabilities as we go.

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        • Joe AlfonsoJoe Alfonso, over 6 years ago

          With that in mind, and with the other response in terms of styling C3, we're going to look into it further. As soon as we pick a system we can start tracking the data in the best way for it. Thanks again.

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