We’re continuing our tradition of the annual data gift guide. These are some of our favorite books and gift ideas for the data scientist, designer or analyst in your life.
While you’re here take a look at the Juicebox product page to see what it looks like unwrapped.
New Books We Love
Books we read in 2018
The Global Economy as You've Never Seen It: 99 Ingenious Infographics That Put It All Together - A pretty interesting way of explaining a subject using infographics.
Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World - Well written and thought provoking. One of our sleeper favorites
Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies - An interesting perspective and emphasis on the role of designers with technology.
Observe, Collect, Draw!: A Visual Journal Diary - Journal follow up to Dear Data with some cool conversation topics.
#MakeoverMonday: Improving How We Visualize and Analyze Data, One Chart at a Time - A beautiful summary of the MakeoverMonday weekly project.
Classic Data Books
We’re a little biased in this category, but these are the books on our desks that we refer to all the time.
Data Fluency - Thinking about changing how your team or organization works with data?This is the book for you.
Storytelling with Data - This one already feels like a classic. It provides simple, clear guidance on chart usage and storytelling. Hard not to reference it in the midst of a project.
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy - This is the book that keeps us grounded. Despite how much we think data is delicious and fun its serious too.
The Man Who Lied to His Laptop: What We Can Learn About Ourselves from Our Machines - A seminal read on learning about interactions between humans and machines.
Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics - Nathan Yau’s book that teaches us something new every time we pick it up.
The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication - We love all of Alberto’s books, but this one is our favorite. Wonderful examples throughout the book.
Art & Posters
Infographics, Maps, Data Art & More
Mapiful - make your own map poster. These maps are beautiful. (see Paris example above)
Paris: A sight-seeing Scavenger Hunt - pretty cool way to see Paris and other cities.
3422 Digits Of Pi Poster - Great conversation piece for the math lover or student.
Vintage Data Media Poster - For anyone missing floppy disk or other old media.
Useful Charts - One for your history buff. A series of infographic timelines.
http://www.mytreeandme.com/products - Genealogy posters.
https://www.c82.net/ - Beautiful data art from Nicholas Rougeaux.
This is a term of affection during the holidays.
PolicyViz Data Visualization Board Game - We’re not sure where Jon @policyviz finds time, but this looks like a fun item.
Collecting Data is My Cardio T-shirt - This is a tribute to the Juicebox Devops Team.
Flash Drive Cufflinks - For the wannabe data spy/Edward Snowden in your life.
Makeover Monday Swag - Another shout out to Eva and Andy. A book and apparel line in 2018.
Floppy Disk Drink Coasters - Pretty self explanatory. Looks like the real thing.