mikepellavatar

Episode #41: Mike Pell

As everyone knows, Microsoft creates a lot of stuff: software, hardware, services, cloud services, and more. But there is also a group at Microsoft that gets to play around and create cool stuff. In this week’s episode of The PolicyViz Podcast, I welcome Mike Pell, who leads design at Microsoft Garage. Mike also helped create Adobe…

Image7

Interactive Tile Grid Maps

Yesterday, I wrote a tutorial on how to create a static tile grid map in Excel–today, I move onto creating an interactive version. The static tile grid maps are quite nice, but an interactive version would be kind of awesome. Creating interactive data visualizations in Excel is somewhat limited and clunky, and with new drop-and-drag…

Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 9.49.18 AM

Tile Grid Maps in Excel

How many times have you heard someone rail against the use of maps in data visualization? The areas are not scaled to the data; geography distorts the patterns; you can’t accurately discern the quantities…. And yet, people love maps. They are familiar. We know where we live, where we’ve been, where we might want to…

Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 11.27.30 AM

Episode #40: Zach Gemignani

Welcome back to The PolicyViz Podcast. This week, I’m pleased to chat with Zach Gemignani, CEO and Founder of Juice Analytics. Juice, a sponsor of the show, helps their customers analyze, visualize, and deliver their data. Their experiences with different clients demonstrates the challenges people have finding the right tools, management and organizational structures, and finding the…

shutterstock_286337411

Better performance, less pay: The gender pay gap in soccer

This post was originally published on the Urban Institute’s blog, Urban Wire on April 7, 2016. Last week, five members of the US women’s national soccer team filed a wage-discrimination suitagainst the US Soccer Federation (USF). The players claim that despite generating significantly higher revenue than the men’s team (USF projects the women’s team will generate $17.6 million…

shutterstock_353683451

Happy Birthday PolicyViz Podcast!

Today marks the first birthday of the PolicyViz Podcast! I posted the 39th episode with Alberto Cairo yesterday. Oddly enough, Alberto was my first official podcast guest a year ago, but I didn’t realize it was going to work out that way until I was getting the episode ready for posting. It’s been a pretty amazing…

51DPTSVUB1L._SX387_BO1,204,203,200_

Episode #39: Alberto Cairo

Tomorrow (April 6) marks the first birthday of The PolicyViz Podcast! Thanks so much for continuing to tune in every week; your support makes the show worth doing. And a special thanks to Juice Analytics for sponsoring this and many other episodes. It’s fitting that episode #39 marks the first full year of the show because…

IMG_5270

Dear Data: Business School Edition

Earlier this month, I taught an”Intensive Learning Environment” (or ILE) course on data visualization at Georgetown University’s McDonough School for Business. The class takes place over six evenings (three hours each) and two full-day Saturdays. I try to fit in the basics of data visualization theory and best practices, some statistics, some tools (namely Tableau, PowerBI, and…

Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 8.09.05 AM

Episode #38: Steven Drucker

I’m pleased to welcome Steven Drucker to the show, who is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research. Steven and I talk about MSR’s new project, SandDance, a browser-based information visualization system that scales to hundreds of thousands of items. You can load arbitrary data tables, filter the results by using facets and search, and choose to…

sarahkliff_twitter

Episode #37: Sarah Kliff

On this week’s episode of The PolicyViz Podcast, I chat with Sarah Kliff from Vox. Sarah is a Senior Editor at Vox.com and oversees reporting on health and medicine. She previously worked at the Washington Post and Politico. Sarah and I talk about the new state of news reporting, the different kinds of products Vox produces,…