Posts tagged 'matplotlib'

prettyplotlib: Painlessly create beautiful matplotlib plots

A while back I wrote a few tutorials about how to work with Python’s plotting library, matplotlib, so that it behaves nicely and produces beautiful plots. Well, I got tired of tweaking every single figure individually so I wrote this library, prettyplotlib to have pretty default plots in Python …

Beautiful boxplots and sassy small multiples

Last week, I posted about implementing design principles in Python’s graphic library, matplotlib. I received lots of great feedback, and made another tutorial, specifically about boxplots and “small multiples”. Small multiples are a concept coined by Edward Tufte about having many plots using the exact same axes, allowing the …

Implementing graphic design principles in Python’s matplotlib

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Tired of ugly 2d histograms and bar charts in matplotlib? Read about good chart design but not really sure how to implement it? Check out my talk/tutorial on implementing graphic design principles in Python’s matplotlib! I gave this talk on April 10th 2013 to UCSD’s Scientific …

How to set Helvetica as the default sans-serif font in Matplotlib

If you’re a typography junkie like me, you’re probably sick of seeing Bitstream Vera Sans as the typesetting font for Python‘s plotting library, Matplotlib.

Just look at it:

So ugly, I know.

While Helvetica is a controversial font, it is simple, clean, and undisputedly easy to read …