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Ban Bad Presenters, Not PowerPoint

Would you tighten a screw with a hammer? Cut your lawn with a pencil? Why not? Because it’s the wrong tool for the job! Every so often, someone writes a post about uninstalling Microsoft Excel from every computer because “it” makes bad data visualizations. Or, as was written in yesterday’s Washington Post, let’s ban PowerPoint…

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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #8: Nick Diakopoulos

In this week’s episode, I chat with Nick Diakopoulos from the University of Maryland at College Park. Nick recently co-hosted an event on algorithmic transparency at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. Nick and I chat about algorithms and the skill sets journalists now need in an era where data is becoming such…

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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #7: Rob Simmon

In this week’s episode, I speak with color-guru Rob Simmon from Planet Labs. If you don’t know Rob, you should absolutely read is famous 6-part series on color hosted at the Visual.ly blog. Nowadays, Rob is busy launching satellites and helping us literally improve the way we see the world. Links Why Should Engineers and…

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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #6: DeepLab

In the previous episode of the PolicyViz Podcast, I spoke with Maral Pourkazemi about the DeepLab project. That discussion was so interesting, we pulled in instigator Addie Wagenknecht to talk more about the project, its future, and what it means for our technological privacy and security. If you have ideas for guests or topics, or…

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Vizathon with Bread for the World Institute

This was originally published on HelpMeViz on May 7, 2015. I’m excited to announce the return of our second annual HelpMeViz Data Vizathon event. On Saturday, May 30th, HelpMeViz will bring back our community of coders, data scientists, and data visualizers to help Bread for the World Institute and the International Food Policy Research Institute…

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PowerPoint Shortcuts Card

Over the past few months, I’ve been developing this PowerPoint keyboard shortcut card. There are lots of places you can find libraries of PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts, including Nuts and Bolts Speed Training and Geetesh Bajaj at Indezine, but I wanted an easy-to-use, handy card that could sit on your desk. This PowerPoint cheat sheet card was largely…

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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…