Bellevue - DataVis/Infographics­ Study Group

Our first Eastside study group (hosted by Microsoft) but yes, Seattle folks are welcome, too. We'll try this schedule for March/April and see how this works.

TOPICS FOR THE WEDS 3/27 Bellevue study group:

Main theme: Let's Get Sketchin'

- Why a sketch?: Review the steps for creating a datavis and figure out how/why sketching is so strongly recommended

- Gallery Walk: Data visualization sketches; see what makes them tick
- Sketch-a-set: We'll take a set of data results/stories and practice illustrating these with back-of-the-napkin sketches, lots them!

Assignment:
1) Do a search for -"data visualization" sketches- and look at images of sketches; find one that appeals to you and email it to me or bring it to the study group
2) Look at http://www.napkinacademy.com/ and get a few ideas about how to create sketches

If anyone has a work-in-progress and would like some feedback from the group, please let me know!

What to bring: fully-charged laptop

DIRECTIONS & PARKING
The Lincoln Square Mall is located at the intersection of Bellevue Way NE and NE 8th. Park in the parking garage beneath the mall (free exit from the mall after 8:00 PM) and take the elevator up to the 2nd floor. Walk around the elevator and look for a second set of elevators (I think they're labelled 'Eddie Bauer' and 'Microsoft'). We'll congregate there and then go up together to a conference room in the Microsoft offices. If you get lost or dazed and confused, call Leah at[masked]-3654.

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  • Leah K.

    Thank you everyone who came to Wednesday's study group in Bellevue! I just posted a document in More-->Files with my notes for session. The doc includes our list of answers to the question, "What is a sketch?", the list of example websites of sketches that we looked at and that cool set of stories that we tried creating to create sketches of.

    1 · March 29, 2013

  • Scott R.

    I have a cold, and it is probably best that I not share it with you all. See you next time,
    Scott

    March 27, 2013

  • Tomas S.

    I will not be able to attend tonight's meeting - next time

    March 27, 2013

  • Natalie

    Interesting topic this week... I admit to very rarely sketching out my viz visions.

    1 · March 26, 2013

    • Leah K.

      I agree - for me it's so easy to just use Excel and go straight from the data to a graph or chart and just tweak whatever it gives me. Stopping to think/design before creating a data viz feels hard.

      March 27, 2013

  • Henry P.

    Too bad that I'm still stuck in Portland:<(

    March 26, 2013

  • mario

    will be coming form Renton.

    March 26, 2013

  • Leah K.

    Ready for Study Group? Find a sketch of a data visualization and bring it tomorrow night OR do one yourself of some data that you're currently working with. See you tomorrow night at Lincoln Square!

    March 26, 2013

  • Tim D.

    I'm really looking forward to the Meetup!
    Can't wait to meet other designers & thinkers.

    March 13, 2013

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