In this meetup we'll start with the foundations (theory/principles of datavis) and we'll get to some awesome interactive visualizations like http://users.dma.ucla.edu/~mpeteu/media/visualization/oahu-traffic-incidents/ and some other cool projects.
Alex Nano: Information Design 101
I'll demonstrate the key principles of information design, followed by a survey of notable contemporary data visualizations, finishing with a summary of tools and bibliography.
Bio: Alex has decades of experience with software development and physical computing. Most recently, he's been working on applications that test a faster, safer, and more open Internet under the NSF's Future Internet Architecture initiative at UCLA (named-data.net); as well as working on various civic computing projects (remap.ucla.edu). Reducing potentially complex systems into novel intuitive interfaces is the unifying factor behind his work. (alexnano.net)
Mihai Peteu: Overcoming Barriers to Entry in Contemporary Data Visualization
We’ve come a long way from Jon Snow’s 1854 Broad St Cholera Outbreak map. The datasets nowadays are gigantic: definitely richer, but also more daunting to deal with. A certain degree of technical skill is necessary at every step, along with an affinity for visual design principles. I will share what I have learned while teaching a Data Viz course at UCLA. I will cover the tools used (ffmpeg, D3), obstacles encountered, and the design process that lead to a compelling end product.
Bio: Michigan State Computer Science undergrad, followed by a Master's in Game Design and Film at USC. Currently looking for a way to merge visual storytelling, animation, maps, and data analysis. Open source data is great, but not as fun as data that you scrape.
- 6:00pm food+drinks and networking
- 7:00pm talks start promptly
You will have to arrive between 6:00-6:55pm in order to pass security (see more info below).
Please RSVP as places are limited.
Venue: Cornerstone OnDemand http://www.cornerstoneondemand.com/ will kindly host this meetup and provide food+drinks. There is no parking provided, but at that time of the day it's not difficult to find parking nearby. Please note that only members with RSVP Yes will be able to clear security.