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Thinking With Your Eyes: Conference Summary

Last week I participated in the Thinking With Your Eyes (#thinkeyes2014) visualization symposium at Harvard University. The purpose of the meeting was to explore the uses of data visualization across different disciplines and research methods. Researchers from such varied fields as architecture, astronomy, physics, art, urban studies, biology, music, and economics presented work showing their…

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Bonus! Visualized Part 8: What Else is There?

My last post about the Visualized conference. I hope you have enjoyed reading these posts over the last week. For me, Visualized was a refreshing change of pace from my usual economics conference experience where presenters typically fail to consider the needs of their audience. It was a fantastic opportunity to see and speak with some of…

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Visualized Part 6: The Personal Side of Data

Presentation authors and coaches often advise speakers to tell personal stories because it helps connect the presenter with the audience. Visualized conference speakers were effective at doing so, with Kim Rees talking about growing up interested in data and numbers, Sha Hwang showing pictures from his trip around the world, and how Mike Pell draws…

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Visualized Part 5: That was Cool

My favorite session of Visualized was with Jeff Norris, Alexander Chen, Cedric Kiefer, and Santiago Ortiz. All four are doing fabulous, mesmerizing work. Jeff Norris is experimenting with immersive technologies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion laboratory to improve how scientists use and interact with the Mars Curiosity rover. He showed perhaps my favorite single graph, which…

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Visualized Part 3: Excel at Excel

My article on data visualization for economists was published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives the day before Visualized. I received a lot of positive feedback about it; the ones I most appreciated were those from professors who told me they will be making it required readings in their classes. But others—in a sentiment I’ve…

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Visualized Part 2: Connection Through Communication

How do we get people to connect with the large, and sometimes abstract, numbers we are trying to communicate? I’ll be talking about this very topic at next week’s Tapestry conference in Annapolis, MD, but it came up a few times at Visualized. Neil Halloran, for example, gave a preview of his new project, The…

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Visualized Part 1: Summary

A little over a week ago, I attended the Visualized conference in New York City. The two-day event highlighted designers, programmers, artists, scientists, and journalists who are transforming how we learn and interact with our world through data. I took a lot of notes (with, gasp!, actual pen and paper!) so that over the next…

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Taking PolicyViz on the Road

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be taking my PolicyViz data visualization and presentation techniques workshop on the road! Please join me on March 6, 2014 in Houston, TX for your choice of either a full-day or half-day workshop to explore data visualization strategies and best practices, presentation techniques, and hands-on Excel training. The workshop…