Everything you need to know about the project.

What is RAW Graphs?

RAW Graphs is an open source data visualization framework built with the goal of making the visual representation of complex data easy for everyone.

Primarily conceived as a tool for designers and vis geeks, RAW Graphs aims at providing a missing link between spreadsheet applications (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, OpenRefine) and vector graphics editors (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, Sketch).

The project, led and maintained by the DensityDesign Research Lab (Politecnico di Milano) was released publicly in 2013 and is regarded by many as one of the most important tools in the field of data visualization.

The team responsable for the design, development and mantainance of the project is composed by DensityDesign , Calibro and Inmagik , who joined the team in 2019.

How to cite RAWGraphs?

If you have found RAWGraphs useful in your research, or if you want to reference it in your work, please consider to cite the paper we presented at CHItaly 2017. You can read the article in Green Open Access at the following link:

RAWGraphs: A Visualisation Platform to Create Open Outputs – PDF file in Green Open Access

Cite RAWGraphs:

Mauri, M., Elli, T., Caviglia, G., Uboldi, G., & Azzi, M. (2017). RAWGraphs: A Visualisation Platform to Create Open Outputs. In Proceedings of the 12th Biannual Conference on Italian SIGCHI Chapter (p. 28:1–28:5). New York, NY, USA: ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/3125571.3125585


 author = {Mauri, Michele and Elli, Tommaso and Caviglia, Giorgio and Uboldi, Giorgio and Azzi, Matteo},
 title = {RAWGraphs: A Visualisation Platform to Create Open Outputs},
 booktitle = {Proceedings of the 12th Biannual Conference on Italian SIGCHI Chapter},
 series = {CHItaly '17},
 year = {2017},
 isbn = {978-1-4503-5237-6},
 location = {Cagliari, Italy},
 pages = {28:1--28:5},
 articleno = {28},
 numpages = {5},
 url = {http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/3125571.3125585},
 doi = {10.1145/3125571.3125585},
 acmid = {3125585},
 publisher = {ACM},
 address = {New York, NY, USA},
 keywords = {Visualization tools, data visualization, open output, visual interface},

Designed and developed with love from Milan, Italy.

Released under Apache 2 license.

First git commit on July 10, 2013 by Giorgio Caviglia

More than 500k sessions in 3 years from all around the world.

“Most beautiful” project and “Gold medal” for tools at the Kantar information is beautiful awards 2014.


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DensityDesign is a Research Lab in the Design Department of Politecnico di Milano. It focuses on the visual representation of complex social, organizational and urban phenomena to support decision making processes at any level. Our interfaces are open, inclusive, and preserve multiple interpretations of complex phenomena. DensityDesign is committed to collaborating with other researchers and organizations devoted to academic independence and rigor, open enquiry, and risk taking to enhance our understanding of the world.



Calibro is a multidisciplinary design studio established by Matteo Azzi and Giorgio Uboldi in 2015 in Milan. We are interested in exploring new pathways at the intersection between design, data visualization and humanities. Our background is in communication design and for several years we worked at DensityDesign Research Lab at Politecnico di Milano where we have been part of the team who created RAW. In the past few years we have been involved in research, consulting and teaching activities for several public and private institutions.



Inmagik is a studio based in Bergamo (Italy), focused on the development of web applications, mobile apps, data management systems and interactive user experiences. We love open source components, languages and frameworks and have a lot of experience in the field of data visualization.


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