AMA About Being a Better Reader and Designer of Visualizations

Metis: New York Data Science
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NOTE: This is a live "Ask Me Anything" within Zoom.

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Alberto Cairo's talk at the Demystifying Data Science Conference this year was one of the most popular sessions, so we've invited him back for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) where he'll answer your questions live!

We've all heard that “a picture is worth a thousand words", that visualizations should “simplify information” and that they are powerful because they are “intuitive and easy to read”, but what if all those statements are myths? This AMA will focus on why visualizations are so often misinterpreted, and on how to become better readers and designers of charts, graphs, and maps.

Alberto Cairo began his career in journalism and visualization in 1997, and has been a head of infographics and multimedia at media organizations in Spain (El Mundo online) and Brazil (Editora Globo). He is now the Knight Chair in visual journalism at the University of Miami, and also director of visualization at UM's Center for Computational Science. He is also a freelancer, trainer, and consultant for organizations and institutions such as Google News Initiative and the Congressional Budget Office. He is the author of the books 'How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter about Visual Information' (W.W. Norton, to be published in October 2019), 'The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication (2016), and 'The Functional Art: an Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization (2013). His website is, his weblog is, and his Twitter handle is @Alberto Cairo

If you missed Alberto’s talk “How Charts Lie - Getting Smarter About Data Visualization” at the Metis Demystifying Data Science Conference or any other talk you can check out the recordings here:

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