I’m a big fan of scatter plots and bubble plots, as can be seen from several small data visualization articles showing health correlations lately. They’re both great for showing correlations. There’s some nice new online tools for creating scatter and bubble plots like Plotly and RAW, both of which I use regularly. But, when it comes to styling the plots, I still find myself using Adobe Illustrator. About a year ago, I wrote an article on VizThinker about how to create scatter plots in in Illustrator and I thought it might be useful to turn that into downloadable PDF. I’ve revised my method lately to take advantage of functionality in Plotly and RAW, but I’ll save that for a separate tutorial.
Tutorial: How to Make Scatter Plot in Adobe Illustrator (PDF Download)