Past Meetup

Data Vis Book Club: Let's read "Storytelling with Data" together!

This Meetup is past

17 people went


Raumerstraße 39 · Berlin

How to find us

The Datawrapper Office is very close to Helmholtzplatz in Prenzlauer Berg. We're sitting in the back building, ground floor. Ring & we will open :)

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A T T E N T I O N : The space in the Datawrapper office is limited. Please only sign up if you actually want to read the book, to not take away space from others. If you want to read the book but can't make it to the Meetup, there will also be a *global digital meetup happening on the 30th of October.* Read this blog post to learn more:

Do you keep getting recommendations for data vis books, maybe even buy them, but don’t make it a priority to read them? How about we read these books together? How about we discuss the books we read, for the joy of it, and to get more out of it? That’s the idea behind the Data Vis Book Club.

Our next book will be "Storytelling with Data" by Cole Nussbaumer-Knaflic. She has a background in applied math and worked for Google as a People Analytics Manager for almost six years. In 2015, she wrote “Storytelling with Data”. That phrase has been her recent life. She writes a blog, organizes a chart design challenge and records a podcast (clear recommendation!), all under the label “Storytelling with Data”. Read Cole’s book with us if you want to design better charts, communicate a clear(er) message and put yourself more in the shoes of the readers of your chart.

How does the book club work?

1. You get the book. Ask your local library to order it for you or buy it (used).

2. We all read the same book. That’s where the fun begins! Please use the hashtag #datavisclub or mention @datavisclub if you want to share your insights and surprises – I’ll make sure to tweet them out as @datavisclub.

3. We get together to talk about the book. Our conversation will be structured with the help of three questions:

Three questions to think about

Our conversation will be structured with the help of three questions:

1 What was your general impression of the book?

2 What was most insightful & surprising about the book? Explain how a sentence, chapter or the whole idea of the book challenged something you assumed.

3 Having read the book, what will you do differently the next time you create a chart?

There's also a *redesign challenge* if you find the time (I will bring my redesign for sure!). You can find more information about it in the blog post:

Very much looking forward to seeing you! Let's discuss "Storytelling with Data" :)