Tips for a Novice in Vis
Feb 25, 2021

Sometimes I am like a hamster and gather everythings I found. These articles and tools surely helps me grow and hope it works for another novice as well :).

Online Browsing

Basic Understanding in VIS

Advice in doing research (esp. VIS) from senior people


You never need to worry about getting bored while doing vis since there are many interesting inspring designs. Here I list a few.


Project Management

  • Documentatation: Notion, Gitbook, …
    • For Notion, I cannot live without the timeline view with gannt chart and the table view with many meta data.
  • Online Edit: Microsoft 365, Google, Miro, Sketch…


  • Search Engine: find relevant research/researchers
    • DBLP: provides stable .bib and database
    • Google Scholar: subscription helps you keep track of researchers of interest
    • Microsoft Academic: highlight their semanic search and elegant filters
    • Connected Papers: trace the citation network
    • You can always start from survey; Note that many topics in vis have their own “browser”.
    • Scihub
    • worldmiao: integrates common platforms
    • Library Genesis
  • .bib management
    • Jabref: Excellent for grouping
    • Zotero: plugin for Overleaf is provided



  • template: Slidesgo
  • accessibility
    • pdf can be directly opened and view
    • Uploading pptx to Microsoft 365 allows online viewing those dynamic media
    • SpeakerDeck converts slides to images and allow you to embed in a website.



It is 2021 already and you don’t have to limit yourself in d3.


I think it is a great idea to document everything. And I list a few aspects that can be worked on.


  • Writing: structure; notice; grammar mistakes
  • Presentation: notice
    • e.g. put on #number, interact with the audience, put on your own understanding

Cheat sheet/Wheels

  • latex shortcut
  • utility function
  • progress report template
  • teaser/pipeline template
  • video elements

Project Management

  • Meeting Minutes
  • Middle Result Logs
  • Literature Survey

Personal Development

  • Goal & Plan
  • Unmatured Ideas
    • summary of literature & reference
    • problem, scope, strategies
  • Reflections
    • someone’s talk
    • progress summary
  • Tools, Cheat Sheets, and Skills