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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #5: Maral Pourkazemi

There are important and consequential issues to discuss when it comes to technological differences and disparities across different groups such as gender, race, ethnicities, or differences across countries. In this, the fifth episode of The PolicyViz Podcast, I speak with Maral Pourkazemi some of her recent work on minority issues and challenges in the Middle East.…

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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #4: Ben Casselman

We’ve seen some big changes in data driven journalism over the past year or so with new media companies like 538, Vox, and the Upshot launching. In this fourth episode of the PolicyViz Podcast, I speak with Ben Casselman, Chief Economics Correspondent from 538 about trends in and around data driven journalism, journalists as researchers, and…

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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #3: Eric Klotz and Visualized

Thanks so much for tuning into the first two episodes of the PolicyViz Podcast. On this week’s episode, I welcome Eric Klotz, founder of Visualized, to discuss the challenges and excitement around data visualization conferences. Eric and I have been working together over the past few weeks to put together the May 21 conference, Visualized:…

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Communicating research: build a unicorn, don’t look for one

This post was originally published on the Urban Institute’s blog, Urban Wire on April 15, 2015. You may have noticed that over the past couple of years the Urban Institute has accelerated its efforts to effectively and strategically visualize data and visually communicate research to a broader audience. Yesterday, we launched our brand new website, designed to…

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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #2: Dear Data

On this week’s episode of The PolicyViz Podcast, I speak with Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec about their current project, Dear Data. If you haven’t seen it, Dear Data is a year-long analog project in which Giorgia and Stephanie collect their own data, draw their own visualizations, and mail them to each other. It’s a great…

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The PolicyViz Podcast

Welcome to the PolicyViz Podcast! That’s right, I’m moving my random audio blob posts to a more structured podcast. In these podcasts, I will chat with my guests primarily about data visualization, presentation skills, and presentation design. I’m also hoping to expand the topics to include discussions about open data, big data, and technology as…

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Killing the paired bar chart

We’ve all seen it: The bar (or column) chart with 20 or 30 or 40 different groups, each with two, three, of four categories. Is that a good chart type? Is it useful? I’ve recently started to think that these types of charts are just data dumps and are not effective ways to communicate data.…

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Visualized: Political Data 2015

I’m very excited to announce a new data visualization conference that will take place in Washington, DC on Thursday, May 21, 2015–Visualized: Political Data. That’s right, the folks who brought you Visualized in NYC in 2014 (on which I posted an 8-part round-up) and again this coming fall are bringing a new conference about data and…

Talking Maps with Ben Chartoff

Continuing my lazy-man blogging, I sat down with my colleague Ben Chartoff last week for 15 minutes to talk about our mutual dislike for maps-as-data-visualization. I’ve posted links and images to the things we mentioned below (and apologies to Brandon Martin-Anderson, whose name I completely forgot.) What do you think about maps? Great way to show…

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Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day everyone! It’s especially fun this year because today is 3/14/15. If you’re a regular reader of this blog or of the data visualization field in general, you’re probably well aware of many people’s disdain for pie charts (see, for example, the WTFViz site or this great article by Stephen Few). But I’m not going…