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Hacking the visual norm by Nadieh Bremer

There are so many visualization tools out there today, most with a pre-made set of charts. But trying to wrangle your data to fit (uncomfortably) into the default charts is not the right mindset. Adjust the visual to your data, not the other way around. You don't necessarily have to be a code wizard to let your creativity run free. Even with the defaults, you can become creative by using them in a different way, combining layouts or chart types to create something new, or even changing small pieces of code from existing visualization frameworks.

During this talk, Nadieh will take you through several of her data visualization projects and the experiments. Hopefully, by the end you’ll want to step outside of your "visualization" comfort zone and create charts that best display the insights in the data.


After graduating as an astronomer, Nadieh Bremer became a data scientist finding insights in the vast amounts of data that are hidden within many companies. It took a few years, before she figured out that she loved the visualization of the data and insights even more than the analysis itself. Today Nadieh works as a Data Visualization Designer at Adyen and shares her love to data visualization by giving talks at conferences and running her blog,


Publitas redefines the online shopping experience by creating the most beautiful way to publish online catalogs and helps merchants to inspire their shoppers on any device, sell from the catalog and increase conversion.


19:00  Welcome: pizza & drinks

19:30  “Hacking the visual norm”

20:30  Drinks & networking

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  • Tatiana S.

    Thank you everyone who joined us yesterday at our last monthly talk of 2016! Thank you, Publitas, for hospitality and Christmas spirit! Thank you, Nadieh, for inspiration and openness! Merry Christmas everyone and see you next year!

    1 · Yesterday

  • Julia M.

    Nadieh, thank you for such an interesting and inspiring talk! Will be looking forward to seeing you speak at other events!

    1 · Yesterday

  • Philipp E.

    Really amazing! Best presentation on a meetup I have seen this year and I really mean it!

    3 · Yesterday

  • Paweł

    Really liked the talk. There was a mention about some books on the subject, anyone recall the titles?


    • Nadieh

      I was talking about the books by Alberto Cairo - The Functional Art in particular. The books by Stephen Few for people that want to create dashboards - the books by Edward Tufte for a bit of next level best practices - But I actually write reviews of all dataviz books I read so I can help others decide what books to buy when they are getting started - you can find it here: http://www.visualcinn...­

      1 · Yesterday

    • Nadieh

      And thank you! Very glad you liked the talk :)


  • Dimitrije K.

    Was really inspiring talk, well prepared, easy to follow! Thanks again Daniel and Tatiana for organising the meetup and thanks to everyone who came over to Publitas! We loved having such a fun bunch over! :)

    2 · Yesterday

  • Dean

    Went to meetup. Learned about 30 new words. Favourite talk this year.

    3 · Yesterday

  • Jaap W.

    Nadieh showed her amazing work in a beautiful presentation. She was very open about the development process and programming.

    3 · Yesterday

  • Olivier O.

    Most interesting presentation. And big up to the publitas guys for providing everything. Was great to see you guys again!

    3 · 2 days ago

  • Tom

    This was very interesting topic and a nice location, thanks for making this possible.

    2 · 2 days ago

  • Paolo B.

    Sorry for the late note.... well too late... I'm not of the party tonight.
    I hoped to get there till the last but didn't happened...

    2 days ago

  • Valina

    I can't make it tonight. Sorry for the late post, but I hope someone else can take my place

    2 days ago

    • Frank K.

      wut!? ;)

      2 days ago

    • Valina

      Hey wat leuk dat jij gaat! Morgen hoor ik je uit 😀

      2 days ago

  • Maciek K.

    Hi. Me too. I won't manage to be on time. Please excuse me ;/

    2 days ago

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