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Monthly Talk Night: Interactive Visualization with Scott Murray


Scott Murray is a designer, creative coder, and artist who writes software to create data visualizations and other interactive phenomena. Scott is in the Learning Group at O’Reilly Media, authored the O’Reilly title Interactive Data Visualization for the Web, and has presented two video courses on D3.


By employing interactivity effectively, you can engage readers and empower them to explore your data. Interactivity shifts the focus from number-pushing to relationship-building, so you get to tell your story while collecting input from readers. We’ll explore some of the most exciting examples of interactive, data-driven storytelling online today and introduce several techniques and considerations critical to effective interaction.

Learning Objectives

• Understand the value of adding interactivity to data visualizations.

• Discover common design patterns for successful interactive data exploration.

• Become familiar with several examples of successful, interactive data visualizations that can inspire future projects.


5:30 - 6 | Networking, food & drink

6 - 6:30 | Talk

6:30 on | Q&A and/or more informal conversation!

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  • Ian F.

    Hey folks, sorry for the short notice but John Smith and I are gathering at Hawthorne Lucky Lab tonight at 5pm to discuss the human side of data visualization. John has been posting some resources in the PdxData slack channel. Here are some resources for jump start the conversation.


    1 · August 15

    • Beth L.

      I love this idea! I'm busy tonight but would love to see more impromptu discussions like this.

      August 15

  • Jason B.

    Something last minute came up. So bummed I can't be there! But the good news that leaves room for one more!

    August 11

  • Mary Anne T.

    I would like to come, is there room yet?

    August 10

    • Kyle H.

      I just changed my RSVP. It may help ;)

      August 10

    • Melissa

      Hey Mary Anne, I just posted to remind people about RSVPs, so we'll see!

      August 11

  • Melissa

    Hey everyone! We still have more people who'd like to attend than can (given fire codes), so if you know you won't be going, please update your RSVP! Thanks, and SEE YOU SOON!

    August 11

  • Ian F.

    Hello, I'm very interested in the topic of the evening but I also wanted to comment because I think this event might be a good chance to meet other folks who've maybe grappled with some of the deeper questions around data visualization. Part of my personal struggle has been to try to figure out what I'm contributing as a data analyst, visualizer, storyteller and safe to say, as an artist in the field. I'm interested in discussing our contributions as they operate inside a broader set of the humanities. These human elements go back to people painting on cave walls, stories around the fire, civilizations discovering things and I think we're operating inside these things with data viz. I have a bit of an answer to this but I'm interested in what you think. So find me at the event if this is interesting to you. :]

    1 · August 5

  • Melissa

    Hey attendees! This is a week from tomorrow. If you know you can't make it, please update RSVP as soon as possible so waitlisted folks know whether they can go!

    Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you all soon!

    August 3

  • Richard L.

    Very happy to see this meetup is active again! Can't make it to this month's talk unfortunately

    1 · July 22

    • Melissa

      We're gonna make this monthly again, so we'll see you soon!

      2 · August 3

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