So far, data visualization tools have typically been built for developers or data analysts. They often require programming knowledge or produce output that is completely unusable in any further design processes. Raw from Density Design aims to change that.
The tool is built by information designers, for information designers. They understand that “raw” vector output is what designers need. They get that the layout, sizing, and other data driven parts of a data visualization should be done by a computer, not by hand. So they built a tool to generate a designer’s dream materials. Something where all the data-driven work is done, with nothing but design work left to do. Raw is still an alpha, and density design is looking for improvements. Many questions about the tool are answered here, and if you don’t find an answer there, you can ask your question on the Raw Google Group. We sincerely hope this project is successful. It provides a great resource for designers, and it marks the beginning of a new trend in data visualization tools, toward a consideration of the whole design and presentation process. Drew Skau is Visualization Architect at Visual.ly and a PhD Computer Science Visualization student at UNCC with an undergraduate degree in Architecture. You can follow him on twitter @SeeingStructure