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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Henry P.

    Too bad I got a conflict:<(

    February 12, 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.

      Ha-ha David,

      February 12, 2013

    • Henry P.

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

      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

  • Michael R. W.

    Stories? Data? What's not to like?

    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

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can we keep it on Tuesdays?

    January 31, 2013

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