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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #12: Scott Klein

Welcome to Episode #11 of the PolicyVIz Podcast! This week, I’m excited to welcome Scott Klein, Assistant Managing Editor at ProPublica. Scott and his team do really exciting work with data, by presenting large datasets with journalism. That is, they create data tools to help show the data and tell stories, and they combine those…

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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #11: Mico Yuk

In this week’s episode, I speak with author, speaker, and dashboard expert Mico Yuk. Mico is co-founder and partner at BI Brainz, author of the book Data Visualization for Dummies, and leads business intelligence dashboard trainings around the world. In this episode of the podcast, Mico and I talk about what makes a great data visualization,…

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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #10: Dave Bruns

When it comes to creating visualizations with your data, it’s not the tool that “makes” things, it’s the user. I’ve heard lots of people say that Excel makes terrible data visualizations. It’s true that 3D cones and 3D exploding pie charts are bad data visualization options, but the user chooses them, so let’s blame the…

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PolicyViz Podcast Episode #9: Scott Murray

What’s the best way to teach data visualization? How do you mix theory and practical applications? What tool or tools should you teach: Tableau, Excel, d3, Processing, something else? Scott Murray, Assistant Professor of Design at the University of San Francisco and I talk about these issues and much more. Oh, and Scott makes a little…

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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…