Next month (Tuesday 5th May, 7:30pm) sees us change venue to the Cambridge Brew House on Kings Street.
Following on from our last meetups on the visualisation of science and the science of visualisation, this session sees us bringing it all together to hear about tried and tested ways of creating useful, engaging and beautiful applications.
Join us to hear from Francis Rowland, user experience guru at the EBI, and Gregory McInerny, visualisation scientist extraordinaire from the Other Place.
What aren’t we seeing? Advances in visualisation research:
Graphs and data visualisations are an essential currency within science. But are we using ‘visuals’ effectively? Visualisation research, that evaluates and informs best practices, can take a very long time to filter from academia into our day to day work (if it does at all). This short talk will highlight some of the latest visualisation research from the 2014 IEEE Vis conference in Paris. Each involves fundamental visualisation issues relevant to all of us, and I’ll translate the nitty-gritty of academic papers into straightforward principles. What research should we know about, but we aren’t seeing?
“Can you tell me more about that?" Useful questions to ask when designing data visualisations:
You’re already busy, wrangling the data, getting your head around the science, and writing the code. So how can you also weave more design thinking into what you do, and improve the user experience of your visualisations? Perhaps it is simply down to the questions you need to ask… and ask again. In this presentation, I will talk about some of the questions that you might ask, to help you make better design decisions. We’ll look at how that begins to make various UX design methodologies relevant to you, and also look at how powerful a multidisciplinary approach can be. I’ll aim to ground the discussion by referring to some of the work my colleagues and I are involved in at the European Bioinformatics Institute.
Talks start at 8pm.