• Mapping the Story by Pablo Robles

    Online event

    A presentation about how maps were essential to present news showing some cartographic work, including reporting on the protests in Hong Kong, deforestation in Brazil and Malaysia, how China is reshaping the landscape in Hong Kong, or why Europe asks travelers to ditch planes for night trains.

    Speaker:
    Pablo Robles is an award-winning Visual Journalist currently working at Bloomberg Hong Kong covering APAC. He previously worked as a Senior Graphics Editor at South China Morning Post and La Nación. He uses maps, text, photos/videos, graphics, illustration, and code to present news.

    Format:
    This event will be online. We will be using Zoom and the chat will be open for your questions.

    Agenda:
    16:00 Welcome!
    16:00–16:40 Presentation by Pablo Robles[masked]:00 Questions & Answers
    17:00 Goodbye!

    Language:
    To include a multitude of perspectives, the spoken language of this meetup will be English.

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  • Learnings from the #30DayChartChallenge

    Online event

    Our speakers will share an inside look into their data visualization work process. They will pick a piece from their contributions to the #30DayChartChallenge and show us how they progressed from the initial idea step-by-step towards the final visualization. The idea behind this format is to demystify the data visualization process and give you a practical look behind the curtain.

    Speakers:
    Alexandra Bagaïni is a Ph.D. candidate in Cognitive and Decision Sciences at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Basel. Find her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/a_bagaini) and see her contributions to the #30dayChartChallenge on Github (https://github.com/abagaini/30DayChartChallenge/tree/main/2021)

    Tereza Iofciu is a Head Data Science Coach at neue fische, Vice Chair of the Python Software Verband, part of the Diversity & Inclusion group of the Python Software Foundation, and PyLadies Hamburg co-organizer. Find her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/terezaif) and see her contributions to the #30dayChartChallenge on Observable (https://observablehq.com/collection/@terezaif/30daychartchallenge)

    Format:
    This event will be online. We will be using Zoom and the chat will be open for your questions.

    Agenda:
    17:00 Welcome!
    17:00–17:40 Presentations
    17:40-18:00 Questions & Answers
    18:00 Goodbye!

    Language:
    To include a multitude of perspectives, the spoken language of this meetup will be English.

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  • How to Storify Your Data by Martin Eppler

    Online event

    How to Storify Your Data: The Five Magic Ingredients of Data Story Telling. Prof. Dr. Martin J. Eppler, Chair of Communications Management at the University of St. Gallen, will share with us the five magic ingredients of a good data story and how anyone can be enabled to become a better data storyteller.

    Speaker:
    Prof. Dr. Martin J. Eppler is Chair of Communications Management at the University of St. Gallen, Head of the University of St. Gallen's International Study MBA Program, Director of the =mcm institute for media and communications management. He is a global analytics, creativity, innovation, visualization, VUCA management, and strategy trainer. He has written 22 books and over 300 scientific papers and gained work experience in more than 30 countries.

    Format:
    This event will be online. We will be using Zoom and the chat will be open for your questions. Please note that there won’t be a video recording of this meetup.

    Agenda:
    17:25 Meeting open
    17:30–18:10 Presentation by Martin Eppler
    18-10–18:30 Questions & Answers
    18:30 Goodbye!

    Language:
    To include a multitude of perspectives, the spoken language of this meetup will be English.

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  • Data Visualization for All Ages by Stefanie Posavec

    Online event

    How can we communicate insights found within data to people of all ages? What should a data visualization look like when it’s presented in the context of a hospital hallway, a public park, or a children’s book? Our speaker, Stefanie Posavec, has developed a surprising and unique approach to designing data-driven products and publications that speak to diverse audiences. Following a human-scaled, hand-crafted design process, she turns numbers into tangible, wearable, or danceable experiences.

    Speaker:
    Stefanie Posavec is a renowned designer, artist, and author exploring playful, friendly approaches to communicating data and information to all ages and audiences. Her work has been exhibited at major galleries including the Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), ArtScience Museum (Singapore), and Somerset House (London), among others. Her award-winning collaboration with Georgia Lupi «Dear Data» is held in the permanent collection of MoMA (New York). Besides her experimental practice and her practical work as a conceptual consultant, Stefanie regularly speaks at arts festivals and design conferences and teaches hands-on, friendly, and accessible data visualization workshops.
    http://www.stefanieposavec.com

    Format:
    This event will be online. We will be using Zoom and the chat will be open for your questions.

    Agenda:
    16:55 Meeting open
    17:00–17:40 Presentation by Stefanie Posavec[masked]:00 Questions & Answers
    18:00 Goodbye!

    Language:
    To include a multitude of perspectives, the spoken language of this meetup will be English.

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  • Data Visualization Intermediate Principles by Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan

    Building on the framework for thinking about data visualizations presented in the previous meetup "Data Visualization Basics", we will look at the importance of context for understanding data and telling expressive stories. We will analyze examples and explore techniques for providing context, in particular layering and faceting.

    You can find Sekhar's material for the meetup on Github: https://github.com/ciyer/intro-data-viz/blob/1cca9b6d04e82595cc1f696e9f45eb9897604cbe/part2.ipynb

    Previous meetup: https://www.meetup.com/datavis-zurich/events/263586983/

    Speaker:
    Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan is a freelance data scientist at illposed.com and instructor of the data visualization module at Propulsion Academy.

    Format:
    This event will be online. We will be using Zoom and the chat will be open for your questions.

    Agenda:
    16:55 Meeting open
    17:00–17:40 Presentation by Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan[masked]:00 Questions & Answers
    18:00 Goodbye!

    Language:
    To include a multitude of perspectives, the spoken language of this meetup will be English.

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  • Network Visualizations as a Design Attitude, by Dario Rodighiero

    Online event

    In the spread of data visualization, networks covered an important role in terms of practice and theory; the prince of networks Bruno Latour brilliantly merged social theory with technology and design by founding the Médialab Science Po. This presentation presents network visualizations from an aesthetic perspective: if great efforts led to new algorithms for more effective computation, the visual appearance of networks is not secondary. After a historical introduction about the different forms that networks acquired over time, innovative ways of displaying them will be showcased, giving you an overall perspective of the aesthetic evolution of network visualizations.

    Speaker:
    Dario Rodighiero is a research scholar at Harvard University, and a postdoc at the Metalab, a research unit dedicated to innovation in the arts and humanities. The Swiss National Science Foundation granted him two consecutive fellowships. His capacity at the intersection of design, science, and humanities makes him comfortable in multiple disciplines. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) awarded him a Ph.D. in Science, and formerly he was employed at MIT, Sciences Po, and the European Commission, which recently appointed him as an external expert in data visualization and interface design.
    https://dariorodighiero.com/

    Format:
    This event will be online. We will be using Zoom and the chat will be open for your questions.

    Agenda:
    16:55 Meeting open
    17:00–17:40 Presentation by Dario Rodighiero[masked]:00 Questions & Answers
    18:00 Goodbye!

    Language:
    To include a multitude of perspectives, the spoken language of this meetup will be English.

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  • Cartographic Projections with Worldmapgenerator

    Online event

    What does the world really look like? How are world maps depicted? In order to explore such questions, Julia Mia and Rouven Bühlmann have developed the software "Worldmapgenerator". It enables the generation of unconventional world maps. Any geographical area can be placed in the centre of the image and combined with any projection, creating unconventional surface distortions in world maps. The transformation from the spherical surface to the two-dimensional plane is questioned in an interactive process, our common world maps are contrasted and by generating a variety of unconventional world maps, the current standard is counteracted.

    Generate, challenge and export: With the Worldmapgenerator you can generate a variety of unconventional world maps and question the world views associated with them. Furthermore, you have the possibility to export the world maps as vector world maps. This is done in an explorative process using interactive models embedded in an innovative interface.
    www.worldmapgenerator.com

    Speakers:
    Julia Mia Stirnemann is originally a graphic designer (Juliamia Grafik), now also a PhD in art history, design researcher, project manager and lecturer.
    www.juliamia.ch
    Rouven Bühlmann is a frontend developer and interaction designer with many years of agency experience and founded his own agency Adorable Squid in 2019.
    www.adorable-squid.ch

    Format:
    This event will be online. We will be using Zoom and the chat will be open for your questions.

    Agenda:
    16:55 Meeting open
    17:00–17:40 Presentation[masked]:00 Questions & Answers
    18:00 Goodbye!

    Language:
    To include a multitude of perspectives, the spoken language of this meetup will be English.

  • Data Art with Cables.gl by Kirell Benzi

    Online event

    What is Data Art? Can a spreadsheet be transformed into an emotional visualization able to communicate more deeply than either the dry spreadsheet, or the traditional charts we use on a daily basis? What additional insight can these complex visualizations provide? In this presentation, we will introduce Data Art and demonstrate how it can be used as a new communication medium to tell impactful stories and analyses by connecting scientific rigor with creativity. After going through various examples, we will focus on a new amazing node-based visual programming language to create interactive experiences in the browser: cables.gl (https://cables.gl).

    Speaker:
    Dr. Kirell Benzi is a data artist, public speaker and researcher. His work revolves around the creation of aesthetic experiences that inspire, educate and empower large audiences using state-of-the-art technology. Through a hypnotic visual semantic, he tries to demonstrate that algorithms have a soul; and that we can create positive emotions from complexity using methods that come straight from scientific research.
    Kirell holds a Ph.D. in Data Science from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and teaches Data Visualization at various universities. More on www.kirellbenzi.com

    Format:
    This event will be online. We will be using Crowdcast and the chat will be open for your questions.

    Agenda:
    16:55 Meeting open
    17:00–17:40 Presentation by Kirell Benzi[masked]:00 Questions & Answers
    18:00 Goodbye!

    Language:
    To include a multitude of perspectives, the spoken language of this meetup will be English.

  • Creating Empathy with Data Visualization, by Gabrielle Mérite & Sonja Kuijpers

    The scientific nature of data and statistics has often led creators of data visualizations to use a robust mapping system between data dimensions and visual encodings, which correlates with minimalistic design principles and leaves little design space for non purely data accurate aspects. But is there more to data than raw numbers? How effective is a minimalistic design in conveying the uncertainty in the numbers, the bias in the data collection, or the emotions associated with the phenomenon that is depicted? Can an empathetic design of data visualizations help understanding the hidden dimensions of a dataset? Can quantitative and qualitative design go hand in hand?

    Speakers
    Gabrielle Mérite works as a freelance data visualization designer (https://www.gabriellemerite.com, https://www.instagram.com/gab.md/).
    Sonja Kuijpers leads the award-winning Studio Terp. (http://www.studioterp.nl/).

    Format:
    This event will be online. We will be using Crowdcast and the chat will be open for your questions.

    Agenda:
    16:55 Meeting open
    17:00–17:20 Presentation by Gabrielle Mérite
    17:20–17:40 Presentation by Sonja Kuijpers[masked]:00 Questions & Answers
    18:00 Goodbye!

    Language:
    To include a multitude of perspectives, the spoken language of this meetup will be English.

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  • Data Exploration with Vega-lite and Observable

    Online event

    This session will be a hands-on workshop using Observable (a notebook platform to write javascript) and the visualization library vega-lite. We will explore together the possibilities offered by vega-lite to explore a dataset and sketch data visualizations quickly!

    If you want to follow along, you can fork this notebook in Observable and start editing the code!
    https://observablehq.com/@lucguillemot/the-grammar-of-vega-lite

    We will try to make it as beginner-friendly as possible, but this session will be a little bit more tech heavy than usual. Good places to prepare yourself to write javascript in Observable’s notebooks:

    - A minimal Intoduction to Javascript and Observable, by Jeffrey Heer, one of the contributor to vega-lite
    https://observablehq.com/@uwdata/a-minimal-introduction-to-javascript-and-observable
    - Charting with vega-lite, by Visnu Pitiyanuvath
    https://observablehq.com/@observablehq/vega-lite
    - Visualization Curriculum, by Jeffrey Heer
    https://observablehq.com/collection/@uwdata/visualization-curriculum

    Note: A prerequisite is to have a free account on Observable (you can sign in with Github)
    https://observablehq.com

    Format:
    This event will be online. We will be using Crowdcast and the chat will be open for your questions.

    Agenda:
    16:55 Meeting open
    17:00–18:00 Workshop!
    18:00 Goodbye!

    Language:
    To include a multitude of perspectives, the spoken language of this meetup will be English.

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