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Responsive Design + Dataviz: Friends or Frenemies?


Responsive design is changing the way stories are told. Complicated data visualizations, which used to be planned for the desktop, now need to be planned so they can work for mobile, tablets, and desktops. Different devices mean different user-experiences for visualizations, which changes how information is consumed.

Three ingredients make up responsive web design: flexible grid-based layout, flexible images and media, and media queries. But these three elements are just focused on layout, not content management and storytelling within a responsive design. We'll talk about responsive design (what makes the grid flexible, the images responsive, media queries, etc). We’ll show some samples of successful and not-so successful data visualizations on a responsively-designed news site.

This meetup will have pizza and beer thanks to our friends at Sapient Global Markets!

We will be raffling off some books from O'Reilly! Bring a business card or identifying piece of paper to partake.

Speaker Details:

Miranda Mulligan is a journalist, designer and an Internaut!, running on 90% caffeine and 10% water. Based in Chicago, she's now with the Knight Lab, a joint initiative of Northwestern University’s Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and  the Medill School of Journalism.

Formerly the design director for digital at The Boston Globe, Miranda has focused most of her attention to the intersection of content and technology for the past couple years. In 2011, she led the responsive web design approach to The Boston Globe’s new site –

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  • Mark S.

    Interesting topic and discussion. The examples led themselves to a lively critique. It would have been helpful to see some more successful examples of RWD.

    September 26, 2012

  • Peter W.

    Excellent presentation - tight delivery, very informative, lively discussion. Plus beer and pizza!

    September 26, 2012

  • Sanat P.

    Heated debates! Would like to have also included where the most consumption is headed...the iPad.
    With only an hour, it was limited to Newspaper sites and only website/mobile comparison.
    Seems to be more opinion than understanding of thought process on design.
    The conversation was good but didn't lead to plan of collaboration (sharing data, process, design), so I'm looking forward to a follow-up meetup in order to evolve this Story.

    September 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great group discussion! Thanks, Miranda, for making it happen!

    September 26, 2012

  • Gabriel F.

    Great - the speaker was engaging and she led a lively debate on RWD and Data Viz practices.

    September 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anybody expecting seats to open up?

    September 24, 2012

    • Irene

      At this point we are at capacity with a wait list of 30 people. I would like to ask all those that are not going to free up their seat, but unless you are on the waiting list and receive a notification of an open spot, this meetup is sold out.

      1 · September 24, 2012

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