DIY Data Viz


  • Data Viz Quick Guide
  • Copy, paste, presto!
  • Spreadsheet love?
  • Share the love!
  • Show, don't tell
  • Show and tell

The Data Viz Quick Guide accompanied a recent workshop presented at the AEA annual conference: “Nonprofit? No money? No worries, interactive reporting and data viz is still possible!” Download the guide or tour the tools using the tabs above. Included in the guide:

• A menu of low-cost/no-cost data viz tools

• A review of their pricing plans

• A look at their best features

• Tips about which tool to use when


Let your inner artist shine! These data viz tools are quick and easy and beautiful, though their options are somewhat limited.




Raw for less conventional visualizations

No need to leave your Excel comfort zone!

Excel Web App

Google App

Highcharts Cloud

These tools produce visualizations that yearn to be shared.


These tools promise a learning curve but yield rich data stories incorporating robust interactivity and visual exploration.

Tableau Public

Tools for creating infographics, social media graphics and slide decks.



Haiku Deck