Raw / 2013

Raw is an open-source tool that allows everyone to easily create and customize data visualizations through an intuitive user interface.

The motivation

The production of data visualizations is still difficult for non-technical users: the recent development of visualization libraries has enabled the creation of complex and highly customised solutions, but coding skills and a significant amount of time is required to master those tools. The idea behind Raw is to provide an interface to allow people without coding skills to produce visualizations with their own data.

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Comparison between main data visualization tools available in 2013
Raw is a web application that works with delimiter-separated values (i.e. csv and tsv files) as well as with copied-and-pasted data from other applications (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Google Docs, ...). Visualizations can be easily embedded in web pages or exported and edited with vector graphics applications for further refinements.

RAW has been covered in many technology and visualization websites, such as Gizmodo, gigaom, The Why Axis, Visual.ly, datavisualization.ch and it has been extensively used by many data visualization and design professionals. In November 2014, RAW has been awarded Best tool and Most Beautiful project at the KANTAR Information is Beautiful Awards.

I have left the project in January 2017. RAW has been expanded and relaunched as RAWGraphs, a joined effort between DensityDesign and Calibro, sponsored by Contactlab.

My role in this project

I have been the creator, project leader, designer and developer of Raw from 2013 to 2016

Awards

In November 2014, Raw has been awarded Best tool and Most Beautiful project at the KANTAR Information is Beautiful Awards.

Since 2017 I am no more actively involved in the project. Raw has been expanded and relaunched as RAWGraphs, a joined effort between DensityDesign and Calibro, sponsored by Contactlab.