Data Visualization/Infogr­aphics Study Group

In case you missed the first one or want to try it when the lights are on (the last one occurred during a power outage :-)

Here's what this study group session will cover:

1) Gallery: A set of data vis that we'll look at, try out and discuss

2) There's a story in there somewhere: What the heck is a story? We keep hearing that "...there's a story in the data." At the last study group, when we tried to create data viz from a small data set, this was the first obstacle. At times it felt like were hunting some mythical beast. Let's rip into the notion of 'story' and see if we can get a better idea of what it is and how to find it.

3) Cool Idea Review (see the assignment below)

ASSIGNMENT: Here's a list of some of the people who create and write about data visualizations, infographics and info presentation:

Albert Cairo
Andy Kirk
Noah Ilinsky
Stephen Few
Enrico Bertini
Nancy Duarte
Don Norman
Edward Tufte
William Cleveland
Jeffrey Heer
Colin Ware
Hans Rosling
Andrew Vande Moere
Moritz Stefaner
Nathan Yau

Your mission: Pick someone who creates and writes about data visualizations, infographics and info presentation - can be from the list above or anyone else :-) Look at their blog, a book, an article or listen to their podcast and choose 1-2 of their ideas that really resonate with you.

Come to study group prepared to tell us:
- who you picked
- what you read so we can read it too
- 1-2 ideas of theirs that you love
- a data viz, infographic or info presentation that demonstrates the idea

See you there!
Leah

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  • David P.

    Leah, could you clarify the parking situation (for us downtown-unfamiliar individuals). When I arrived last month around 6:00, the on-street meters seemed to say the active time for collections (and tickets) lasted until 8:00. Is this correct? Are there any insider tricks to parking elsewhere, for free or lower cost than on-street? I parked up is it Jackson, behind the Uwajamaya (sp?). Thanks to anyone having insight on this....

    February 13, 2013

    • Leah K.

      New info - ID parking rates to go down in March:

      February 15, 2013

    • Leah K.

      from the Seattle Times: "Evening parking rates will drop from $2.50 to $1.50 an hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the heart of the International District. The outer areas, with about 300 of the total 450 on-street parking spaces, will again be free after 6 p.m. The new rates are expected to go into effect in early March."

      1 · February 15, 2013

  • Blanc

    I felt a cold coming on that I didn't want to share with everyone, so I didn't go.

    Meetings in Bellevue would be great, especially at MS. I won't have to search for parking or wrestle with traffic. I would definitely be more inclined to attend meetings then.

    February 14, 2013

  • Sam M.

    Thanks for the feedback on the matrix visualization last night, folks! I'll try my best to come up with an updated version. Either way, all this conversation will help with future projects. All the best ...

    February 14, 2013

  • Leah K.

    Thank you all for coming last night - I had a great time and learned a lot from everyone's comments and ideas. Thanks to Sam and Mike for presenting their works-in-progress and really getting the ball rolling on thinking about data visualization. Based on our discussions last night here's a few things you can expect in future study groups: 1) Meet 2x/month on different days; 2) One meeting in Seattle and the other in Bellevue (thanks to the MS contingent for offering to host!) As always, let me know if you have other ideas, topics or suggestions for study group. See you next time!

    2 · February 14, 2013

    • Prasanna

      Looking forward for meetings held in Bellevue

      February 14, 2013

  • Leah K.

    ONLINE 75-MINUTE INFOGRAPHICS WORKSHOP ON 3/21

    I took Amy Balliett's (co-founder Killer Infographics) full-day workshop last November - excellent class on basic design principles for depicting information. If you don't know much about graphic design, this would be a great way to introduce your brain to thinking like a designer.

    Details:
    Thursday, March 21st, 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. PST
    Amy Balliett has boiled down some of the most essential points in what promises to be a very informative and fast-paced infographics webinar. Right now, you can register at the early-bird rate of just $75, and that includes access to a recorded version of the workshop for an entire year. To learn more, or to register, please check out:
    https://www.svcseattle.com/classes/dissecting-infographics-use-design-best-practices-online-class-winter-2013/

    February 11, 2013

    • Leah K.

      PART 1:
      Thanks for the info on the Berkeley class! Albert Cairo has been teaching dataviz MOOC courses through the McKnight Center and I'm excited to see other classes available. As for the infographics class, here are a few thoughts:
      - I think that infographics are a particular ‘flavor’ of data visualization, usually designed for audiences that are not fluent in statistics and data representation; think about how the CDC might want to communicate information about flu transmission rates or a local government on a proposal for where this year’s tax dollars will go as compared to last year. An infographic that uses pictograms (the icons and pictures that would be superfluous to any good datageek) in or around a graph or table, may make the story easier to for a less sophisticated reader to quickly digest. Because the audience is so important to the design decisions for a data viz, it’s possible that I might need to be able to think in pictures that describe data.

      February 13, 2013

    • Leah K.

      PART 2:
      Amy pointed out that clicking on webpages gets old. In comparison, a long but well-laid infographic keeps a reader’s interest as they scroll down; no clicking to a new page and the steady reveal of interesting design and info can keep someone on the page rather than leaving it.
      - I agree, pies, doughnuts and bars are not the most interesting graphs; as an exercise we could take one of her infographics and try to make it better.
      - Amy pointed out that clients often want to use corporate or favorite colors, regardless of what Amy recommends. This accounts for some of the color palettes that you see on her site.
      - Personally, I like the idea and the challenge that comes with designing data viz in different ways – I’d like to take one set of data and do a version for a sophisticated reader and then a second one that feels more like it came out of a comic book. Sounds like a good exercise for the study group!

      February 13, 2013

  • Dana G.

    Hate to miss this great meet up...

    February 13, 2013

  • ravi

    sorry Noah! last minute deliverable has come up

    February 13, 2013

  • David P.

    Here's something I found on http://moritz.stefaner.eu/ that piqued my interest, http://moritz.stefaner.eu/projects/musli-ingredient-network/ Actually there were a number of other interesting visualizations here on this site, to be sure.

    February 13, 2013

  • JS B.

    I won't have time for the interesting homework, but I'm looking forward to the meetup. Thanks for putting this together.

    1 · February 13, 2013

  • David P.

    I started reading about Moritz Stefaner, then digressed to a point of reference he made, the UC Berkeley "Visualization Lab." http://vis.berkeley.edu/ Awesome inspiring stuff, but it distracted me from my homework. There, I found "Flare" software which appears to be the underlying engine behind that "baby names navigator" site I mentioned a couple weeks ago.

    February 12, 2013

    • Henry P.

      My dog Baobao did eat all my homework real or fake:>)

      February 12, 2013

    • Leah K.

      Hi Dave, yes, good luck with your 'Flare' up at work and it will be good to see you (and everyone else) regardless of whether or not you bring an assignment :-)

      1 · February 12, 2013

  • Henry P.

    Too bad I got a conflict:<(

    February 12, 2013

  • Sam M.

    Thanks for all of the updates, Leah! Will be there for the first part before I'm pulled away for a soccer match. Cheers

    February 12, 2013

  • Leah K.

    WHAT TO BRING
    - Your assignment :-) Even if you just do part of it, bring that. If there's simply a data vis you like that the person did, just bring the link and I'll throw it onto our big screen and we can all check it out together.

    -If you bring a laptop, please make sure that is charged; there are very few outlets in our room

    HOW TO GET INTO THE BUILDING
    Since you need a cardkey to get into both the building and Getty's 4th floor office, here's the plan:

    The meetup starts at 6:30 PM. Myself or someone else will be in the building lobby at 6:15, 6:25, and 6:40 to let you into the building and take you up to the 4th floor.

    If you arrive later than that, the security guard (who's expecting us) will probably let you in and may even keycard the elevator for you. Otherwise you can call my cell -[masked] - and I'll send someone down to fetch you.

    See you Wednesday!
    Leah

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • Michael R. W.

    Stories? Data? What's not to like?

    February 7, 2013

  • Leah K.

    FYI - i'ts okay if several of us pick the same person :-) That just gives us more examples of what we like about this particular person.

    February 7, 2013

  • Leah K.

    UPDATE: If you've picked a DataVis person to present, please email me their name and the infographic/datavis or link to the infographic/datavis you want to show. I'll add it to my deck so we can all see and try it at study group. I'm at: [masked]

    thanks and see you Wednesday!

    1 · February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The data analyst, visualization, and mining courses offered by UW fall on Wednesday until mid June. You can try one Tuesday & one Wednesday per month and see how it works. If it's too much for people, then you can cut back. I think with any group planning it takes a few months to get a rhythm. I won't be perfect at first.

    January 31, 2013

  • Leah K.

    Hmmm...I like Tuesdays too, wanted to try a different day to see if it would allow others to attend. Love to have you there though...Weds don't work for you?

    Also, I realized that making the next meeting two weeks out may fit my desire to meet more often but I should really respect the overall group desire to meet 1x/month. One possibility is to offer the same study group topics twice each month. You can come to one or both meetings because there will be new insights looking at something again or trying an exercise a second time. This means you don't have to worry about missing an interesting session, plus they could be on different days (of the week) to accommodate different schedules.

    What do y'all think?

    January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can we keep it on Tuesdays?

    January 31, 2013

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