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An Interview with Jorge Camões

This is sort of a special, non-podcast version of The PolicyViz Podcast. I asked Jorge Camões, author of the new book Data at Work, to join me on the podcast. After months of seclusion to finish his book, Jorge is finally shaving, but he’s still brushing up his conversations skills. Instead, Jorge was happy to answer my…

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Episode #46: Makeover Monday

Welcome back to the PolicyViz Podcast! I’m pleased to welcome Andy Cotgreave and Andy Kriebel to the show this week. Each week, The Andys, as it were, are the primary authors of the Makeover Monday project in which they–and dozens of others–remake a visualization. In our conversation, we talk about the process of remaking a…

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Small Multiple Tile Grid Map

In a recent article about the political geography in Scotland, The Guardian created a tile grid map, but instead of inserting text in the grid, they inserted Sankey diagrams. It was an interesting approach, and Alberto Cairo remarked that, “I feel like the charts on the main map could have been bigger, but I like…

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Episode #45: Seth Blanchard

I’m pleased to be joined by Seth Blanchard this week on the show. Seth is a Senior Developer on the engineering team of the graphics department at the Washington Post. He helps develop new story forms and smooths development process issues. We talk about a variety of projects he’s worked on, both front- and back-end,…

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Episode #44: Lane Harrison

Recorded along the lovely Boston Harbor (enjoy the outdoor sounds), in this week’s episode of The PolicyViz Podcast, I chat with Lane Harrison, Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. We not only talk about Lane’s interesting research in data visualization–including how emotions affect our perception of graphs and content–but also the…

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Hexagon Tile Map in Excel

This is a guest post from David Napoli, a BI & Analytics Director (and recovering rocket scientist) who has worked as lead actuary, statistician, and headed up analytics departments for several healthcare organizations over the last 20 years. In a couple of posts on this site, Jon wrote a step-by-step guide on how to construct…

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Episode #43: Marie Whittaker

In this week’s episode of The PolicyViz Podcast, I chat with Marie Whittaker from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) in Washington, DC. With a small team responsible for providing economic insight to DC’s Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and dozens of local agencies, DMPED is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and…

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Episode #42: Ben Jones

Welcome back to The PolicyViz Podcast. I’m happy to have Ben Jones on the show this week. Ben writes about data visualization on his popular blog Data Remixed and also helps run Tableau Public. Ben is a prolific writer, blogger, speaker, and teacher. We talk about the recent Tapestry Conference, whether word clouds are worth anything,…

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A Ranty Post about CC0 Licensing

I’m a big fan of free stuff. Big fan. It’s basically why I take my kids to the Auto Show ever year. It’s why the exhibit area of every conference is so awesome—free pens, USB keys, phone wipes, even candy. I’m also a fan of free stuff when it comes to presentation design. It’s why…