Data Stories

By Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner

A podcast on data and how it affects our lives — with Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner

  1. 1.
    164  |  Edward Tufte's complete work with Sandra Rendgen
    1:06:10
  2. 2.
    163  |  svelte.js for web-based dataviz with Amelia Wattenberger
    47:19
  3. 3.
    162  |  Highlights from IEEE VIS'20 with Miriah Meyer and Danielle Szafir
    1:13:47
  4. 4.
    161  |  People of the Pandemic with Shirley Wu
    39:50
  5. 5.
    160  |  Visualizing COVID-19 with Carl Bergstrom
    52:08
  6. 6.
    159  |  Viz Agencies: Dataveyes and Accurat
    55:34
  7. 7.
    158  |  Viz Agencies: CLEVER°FRANKE and Interactive Things
    58:11
  8. 8.
    157  |  Spatial Thinking with Barbara Tversky
    57:25
  1. 9.
    156  |  Visualizing Fairness in Machine Learning with Yongsu Ahn and Alex Cabrera
    43:04
  2. 10.
    155  |  Flourish with Duncan Clark
    41:11
  3. 11.
    154  |  Visualizing Global Warming with IPCC with Angela Morelli and Tom Gabriel Johansen
    53:54
  4. 12.
    153  |  Data Art and Visual Programming with Marcin Ignac from Variable
    46:05
  5. 13.
    152  |  Year in Review 2019
    1:49:21
  6. 14.
    151  |  Future Data Interfaces with David Sheldon-Hicks
    44:39
  7. 15.
    150  |  Highlights from IEEE VIS'19 with Tamara Munzner and Robert Kosara
    1:02:01
  8. 16.
    149  |  xkcd or the art of data storytelling with web cartoons
    49:49
  9. 17.
    148  |  Cognitive Science for Data Visualization with Lace Padilla
    46:29
  10. 18.
    147  |  Iconic Climate Visuals with Ed Hawkins
    39:16
  11. 19.
    146  |  Sweating the details with Nicholas Rougeux
    39:30
  12. 20.
    145  |  FT Data Crunch with Federica Cocco and John Burn-Murdoch
    40:44
  13. 21.
    144  |  History of Information Graphics with Sandra Rendgen
    47:05
  14. 22.
    143  |  The Pudding with Matt Daniels
    52:19
  15. 23.
    Data Is Personal with Evan Peck
    42:26
  16. 24.
    Sketching and Visual Thinking with Eva-Lotta Lamm
    40:37
  17. 25.
    Data Visualization Society
    46:35
  18. 26.
    Immersive Analytics with Tim Dwyer
    50:18
  19. 27.
    Turning Data into Sound with Hannah Davis
    50:03
  20. 28.
    137  |  Visualizing Earth with Cameron Beccario
    36:18
  21. 29.
    Simulated Dendrochronology of U.S. Immigration with Pedro Cruz and John Wihbey
    39:09
  22. 30.
    135  |  The "Dashboard Conspiracy" with Lyn Bartram and Alper Sarikaya
    45:11
  23. 31.
    134  |  Visualizing Uncertainty with Jessica Hullman and Matthew Kay
    55:15
  24. 32.
    133  |  Year Review 2018
    1:40:15
  25. 33.
    132  |  A New Generation of DataViz Tools
    46:07
  26. 34.
    131  |  Peak Spotting
    40:24
  27. 35.
    130  |  Highlights from IEEE VIS 2018
    38:26
  28. 36.
    129  |  Views of the World with Robert Simmon
    52:08
  29. 37.
    128  |  Visual Perception and Visualization with Steve Haroz
    44:31
  30. 38.
    127  |  Storytelling with Data with Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic
    35:19
  31. 39.
    126  |  FlowingData with Nathan Yau
    37:37
  32. 40.
    125  |  Researching the Boundaries of InfoVis with Sheelagh Carpendale
    35:22
  33. 41.
    124  |  Xenographics with Maarten Lambrechts
    38:15
  34. 42.
    123  |  Touch Graphics with Steve Landau
    35:01
  35. 43.
    122  |  Visualizing Climate Change Scenarios with Boris Müller
    33:24
  36. 44.
    121  |  Declarative Visualization with Vega-Lite and Altair with Dominik Moritz, Jacob Vanderplas, Kanit “Ham” Wongsuphasawat
    35:41
  37. 45.
    120  |  Data Science and Visualization with David Robinson
    38:54
  38. 46.
    119  |  Color with Karen Schloss
    54:18
  39. 47.
    118  |  Making Data Visual with Miriah Meyer and Danyel Fisher
    33:51
  40. 48.
    117 | Datawrapper with Lisa C. Rost and Gregor Aisch
    42:01
  41. 49.
    116  |  Cognitive Bias and Visualization with Evanthia Dimara
    42:11
  42. 50.
    115  |  Human-Driven Machine Learning with Saleema Amershi
    38:25

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We have our friend Sandra Rendgen on the show to talk about the work of Edward Tufte. Tufte does not need any introductions of course. We discuss his early works and efforts, all the books he published, his contribution and legacy and the influence he had on our work.

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\"\"This week, we are joined by Amelia Wattenberger, journalist-engineer at the Pudding and book author. We discuss the exciting Svelte framework for web development, which is especially well suited for developing interactive data visualizations. Hear how it compares to other frameworks like react, why web development nowadays seems so complicated, and finally, hear a few ideas for last minute dataviz-related present ideas for the holiday season \"🙂\"

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We have renowned data visualizer Shirley Wu with us again (we had her before in episode 98) to talk about a new project she and her team developed to help people reason about the covid19 pandemic at a local community level. The team developed a simulation game that shows you what happens when you make certain sets of decisions over time that may affect the spread of the virus. You can play with others and your goal is to cooperate.
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We hope everyone is doing well! We finally decided to record an episode on visualization and covid19. It’s been a crazy several weeks and one of the most interesting developments has been to see how prominent visualization has been in the constant flux of information. Who expected visualization to be so relevant, uh?!

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And when we talk about data and pandemics we could not find a better person than Carl Bergstrom, Professor of Biology at University of Washington, with a background in epidemiology but also an expert in scientific practices and communication.

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You may remember Carl from an episode about three years ago (Episode 97). We interviewed him together with his colleague Jevin West to talk about their excellent “Calling Bullshit” project (and let’s face it, there is no lack of BS during these crazy times), a course (and soon to be a book) on how to spot BS in science.

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Carl has been a constant source of information and reasoning on Twitter. Commenting on the science behind pandemics but also about the way science is communicated and the many possible traps you may fall into. If there is one thing we all learned is that visualization without reliable data is a mess!

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In the show, we talk about a number of iconic covid19 visualizations, the “flatten the curve” ones, the tracking lines from Financial Times and several simulations. For each of these we discuss the many variations and nuances, what we have learned from them and the many intricacies of creating visualizations for such a sensitive topic with potential huge outcomes.

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This is our second episode of our mini-series on data visualization agencies. For this episode we have Caroline Goulard from Dataveyes and Gabriele Rossi from Accurat. With them we talk about their quintessential projects, how to balance experimental with regular customers’ projects, and how the data visualization field changed over the years.

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This is the first episode of a mini-series of Data Visualization agencies. After so many years producing this podcast we realized we never really focused on agencies and we decided it’s time to rectify! Agencies have slowly become one of the most relevant realities of the data visualization ecosystem and business landscape. In this first episode, we have Thomas Clever to talk about Clever Franke and Benjamin Wiederkehr from Interactive Things. They have been around for more than 10 years and they have produced some really amazing work.

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On the show we talk about their quintessential projects, what makes agencies different from individual freelancers and other organizations, the realities and challenges of running an agency and much more.

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[Our podcast is fully listener-supported. That’s why you don’t have to listen to ads! Please consider becoming a supporter on Patreon or sending us a one-time donation through Paypal. And thank you!]

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We have Barbara Tversky with us to talk about “spatial cognition”; the way humans perceive space and how space perception is related to the many ways we think. Barbara is a renowned cognitive scientist and a Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University. She has an extensive literature on spatial cognition and specific research on how people perceive and use diagrams, maps and other visual representations.

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On the show we talk about her new book called “Mind in Motions” in which Barbara describes her research and the many fascinating ways space and motion play a pivotal role in the way we think. We also talk about the role of space in data visualization and the many fascinating ways in which spatial cognition can inform visualization design.

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Check out Barbara’s book “Mind in Motion“.

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In this episode we have PhD students Yongsu Ahn and Alex Cabrera to talk about two separate data visualization systems they developed to help people analyze machine learning models in terms of potential biases they may have. The systems are called FairSight and FairVis and have slightly different goals. FairSight focuses on models that generate rankings (e.g., in school admissions) and FairVis more on comparison of fairness metrics. With them we explore the world of “machine bias” trying to understand what it is and how visualization can play a role in its detection and mitigation.

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Duncan is the CEO of Flourish, a popular data visualization tool to help people create storytelling visualizations from data. Duncan founded Flourish together with Robin Houston in 2016 and since then they made a lot of progress and acquired a large user base. It’s always great to hear about successful data visualization companies!

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We have Angela Morelli and Tom Gabriel Johansen to talk about their effort in developing infographics for several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Creating such reports entails a very complex and orchestrated process that needs to end with a total consensus of all the participating countries. In the show Angela and Tom tell the story of what it takes to generate such reports and handle the complex process of co-designing such important report with a large group of scientists. Angela and Tom also provide a set of lessons learned visualization designers can use.

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We have Marcin Ignac from Variable to talk about Data Art. Marcin and his studio have a very nice mix of data visualization and generative design projects creating stunning visuals for brands such as Nike and IBM.

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On the show we talk about the scope and unique features of data art, the process the studio follows, the specific set of tools Marcin developed for visual programming and tips to get started with this kind of projects. See the long list of pointers in the links below!

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In this episode we talk about “future interfaces” with David Sheldon-Hicks: interfaces that are developed in futuristic movies. David is the founder and creative director of Territory Studio. They are the people behind the screen design of a lot of iconic movies such as The Martian, Blade Runner and Ex Machina.

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On the show, we talk about what it takes to develop this kind of interfaces and how they interact with film directors. We also talk about interaction paradigms and classic movies from the past. David also provides a few tips on how to get started in this space. Note: they are hiring!

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Films in which Territory Studio was involved (in the order of their mentioning):

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The Martian (2015, Ridley Scott)
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\nJames Bond – No Time To Die (forthcoming 2020, Cary Fukunaga)
\nPrometheus (2012, Ridley Scott)

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Legends of the past:

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Minority Report (2002, Steven Spielberg)
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We have Tamara Munzner from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and Robert Kosara from Tableau Research on the show to go through some of our personal highlights from the IEEE Visualization Conference 2019. We talk about some of the co-located events, some of the technical papers and major trends observed this year. Make sure to take a look at the links below, there is a lot of material! And especially the videos. There are quite a few that have been posted online this year.

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Main IEEE VIS conference website

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Infovis X Vision science
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Visualization for Communication workshop: VisComm

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BioVis@Vis workshop
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Mentioned speakers: Martin Karpefors, Sean Hanlon, Erin Pleasance

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Visualization in Data Science
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Technical Papers – The Test of Time

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Jark J. van Wijk et al.: Cluster and Calendar based Visualization of Time Series Data

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Tamara Munzner: A Nested Model for Visualization Design and Validation

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Reflections and provocations

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Miriah Meyer, Jason Dykes: Criteria for Rigor in Visualization Design Study
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Arvind Satyanarayan et al.: Critical Reflections on Visualization Authoring Systems

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Jagoda Walny et al.: Data Changes Everything: Challenges and Opportunities in Data Visualization Design Handoff

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Evanthia Dimara, Charles Perin: What is Interaction for Data Visualization?
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Visual perception and cognition
\nRobert Kosara: Evidence for Area as the Primary Visual Cue in Pie Charts

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Jessica Hullman: Why Authors Don’t Visualize Uncertainty

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Cindy Xiong et al.: Biased Average Position Estimates in Line and Bar Graphs: Underestimation, Overestimation, and Perceptual Pull

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Visualisation for machine learning

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The What-If Tool

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Àngel Alexander Cabrera: FairVis: Visual Analytics for Discovering Intersectional Bias in Machine Learning

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Yongsu Ahn: FairSight: Visual Analytics for Fairness in Decision Making

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New visualisation techniques

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Bryce Morrow et al.: Periphery Plots for Contextualizing Heterogeneous Time-Based Charts

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Alex Bigelow: Origraph: Interactive Network Wrangling

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Zipeng Liu: Aggregated Dendrograms for Visual Comparison Between Many Phylogenetic Trees

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Vis in Practice
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This episode is a dream come true – we have long wanted to invite Randall Munroe to the show. Randall is the mastermind behind the xkcd webcomics which have zillions of fans around the globe. In his stick figure cartoons and hilarious mini-stories, he comments on complicated scientific issues.

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Over the years, Randall has also created a number of data-heavy visualizations. Some of them tackle pressing issues such as climate change, while others mock conventions of visualization such as map projections or chart types.

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In this episode we have Lace Padilla on the show to talk about how cognitive science can help create better visualizations. Lace is a newly appointed Assistant Professor at Cognitive UC Merced, where she directs the SPACE Lab.

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Lace’s expertise is cognitive science, and she has published numerous papers that look at data visualization under the lens of a cognitive scientist. Believe it or not this is not so common so Lace’s work is very welcome.

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On the show we talk about the role of cognitive science in visualization, what cognitive models are and how they can be used for visualization design and evaluation, decision-making supported by visualization and visualization as a way to analyze and communicate weather data.

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We have climate scientist Ed Hawkins on the show to talk about climate visualization. Ed is the person behind the famous spiral and stripe visualizations (see the images below). On the show we talk about how he created these visualizations and what was the impetus behind them. We also talk about breaking data visualization “rules”; climate visualization work from the visualization community; making climate information more local and more personal; and how to collaborate with climate scientists (see in the links below the list of climate scientists who are active on Twitter!).

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We have Federica Cocco and John Burn-Murdoch on the show to talk about their new Financial Times visualization series called Data Crunch. The series features Federica and John having a data-driven conversation about some social or economic trend while aided by graphs and charts. It’s a new way of doing data visualization. It’s casual but not trivial. Also, Federica and John draw by hand all the graphs they discuss; which makes it really engaging and fun! We talk about how the series started, what it takes to produce a whole show, the strategies they use to draw the diagrams, and what they have learned in the process.

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We have art historian Sandra Rendgen on the show to talk about where data visualization comes from. Sandra published two great books on the topic, one called “The Minard System”, on the great Minard and the “History of Information Graphics” with contributions from multiple authors.

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We have Eva-Lotta Lamm joining us to talk about the value of sketching and how it relates to data visualization. Eva-Lotta is a UX designer turned expert on sketching and sketchnoting: the art of summarizing talks through sketches. In the show we talk about visual thinking, sketchnoting and parallels with data visualization.

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Have you heard of the “Data Visualization Society”? This is a new initiative started by visualization designers Amy Cesal, Mollie Pettit and Elijah Meeks. The DVS started with a simple form and a Slack channel and experienced in a few days a massive level of interest (more than 3000 people signed-up in a matter of days). On the show we talk with the founders to know more about how this happened, interesting stories about what people are doing within DVS and plans for the future. Enjoy the show!

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Update: After the recording took place, DVS also launched their annual data visualization community survey. Make sure to take part (before June 15, 2019).

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We have Tim Dwyer on the show to talk about Immersive Analytics, the use of virtual reality and other immersive technology to analyze and present data visually. Tim is a Professor of Data Visualisation and Immersive Analytics at Monash University in Melbourne and his research focuses on the human and technological aspect of immersive analytics. On the show we talk about what immersive analytics is, what are the major opportunities and challenges and how one gets started experimenting with it. Tim also talks about some of the specific projects he and his collaborators developed on his lab.

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How do you represent data with sound instead of graphical properties? Is it even possible?

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It turns out that it’s not only possible, but there is an entire field — called sonification — that is dedicated to representing data with sound.

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In this episode we are joined by Hannah Davis, a data visualization and sonification expert, to talk about how sonification works and how she has gone about making her own amazing sonification projects, which create musical pieces based on data. Get your ears ready! This time you are not only going to listen to our voices but also to some really interesting sounds!

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P.S. We’ve actually touched upon sonification once before in Data Stories. Check out our episode with Scott Hughes on the sonification of black holes.

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Today we are joined by Cameron Beccario who created the immensely impressive Earth visualization — a beautiful, geeky, mesmerizing look at the small blue marble we call home. On the show Cameron tells us all about the story behind the project, its evolution, and its reception — plus, at the end, we have a bonus chat about the state of data visualization in Japan.

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We have Pedro Cruz and John Wihbey on the show to talk about their beautiful project, the Simulated Dendrochronology of U.S. Immigration. There are many ways that immigration can be represented visually, but Pedro and John came up with a very compelling one: they use the metaphor of tree rings to show how migration patterns of people to the United States have changed over time. The final piece is utterly beautiful and evocative: we are the product of many layers of immigration.

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On the show we talk about how they came up with this idea, the implementation of the visualization, the attempts they tried before producing the final version, and the role of metaphors in visualization. Make sure you take a closer look at the visualization before listening!

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And enjoy the show!

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Oh dashboards… dashboards… what are they? For some, they are just ugly examples of bad visualization design (speed dials anyone?). For others, they are a first citizen of the data visualization world that deserve to be learned, studied, and understood.

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To dig into this debate, we have Lyn Bartram of Simon Fraser University and Alper Sarikaya of Microsoft Power BI on the show to talk about an exciting research project they developed. Their research seeks to build a better picture of what dashboard are and how they are used “in the wild.” The results are summarized in a paper they wrote with their colleagues from Tableau and Honeycomb.io: What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Dashboards?

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On the show we talk about how the project got started, what they discovered by analyzing a large corpus of dashboards, and the many ramifications of their research.

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What is uncertainty? Why is it important to take it into account when designing data visualizations? And how do you actually do so? We explore these and other questions with Jessica Hullman of Northwestern University and Matthew Kay of the University of Michigan. Jessica and Matt have written many publications on the topic that help orient us to the intricate world of uncertainty, probabilities, and their relevance to data visualization.

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\"\"We have data visualization freelancer and old friend-of-the-podcast Andy Kirk with us to talk about a new generation of data viz tools. You may not have noticed yet, but there are a quite a few nice new tools in development — and they all seem to have one thing in common: granting more artistic freedom to users while requiring less programming.

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“Would you define this as a dashboard?” The question provoked quite a reaction!

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In this episode, we talk about Peak Spotting, a new data visualization tool designed to help capacity managers at the German railway Deutsche Bahn handle passenger loads within the train system.

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We recorded the episode live in Berlin, all together in the same room, with Moritz, the creative lead of the project, as well as the project’s other collaborators: project director Christian Au, technical lead Stephan Thiel, and designer Christian Laesser.

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We talk about how the project started, the process the team followed to design the tool, how people at the German railway are using it, finding innovation within big companies, and the role of visualization in the movement towards automation.

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It was a great week in Berlin! Info+ and IEEE VIS took place at the same time and both Enrico and Moritz were there to document the conferences. We also organized a super fun Data Stories listeners meetup — more on that to come!

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This week, our friends Jessica Hullman and Robert Kosara join Enrico to comment on their greatest highlights from IEEE VIS.

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We discuss a handful of IEEE VIS events and then spotlight a few projects and papers that we especially liked. As usual, this is just a very thin slice of the conference offerings. There is much more to discover from the program!

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Find links below to all the projects that we discuss on the show.

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This week we have Robert Simmon on the show to discuss satellite imagery. Robert is a data visualization engineer at Planet Labs, where he creates visualizations of the earth from satellite sensor data. Previously a Data Visualizer and Designer at NASA, Robert is also known as “Mr. Blue Marble” for the image of Earth he created, which Apple later adopted as their default image for the iPhone lock screen.

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On the show we talk about satellite imagery and what it takes to transform satellite data into something that is enlightening and intelligible. We also talk about the multiple parallels between satellite images and data visualization, the key role that color plays in creating effective visualizations, and Robert’s amazing color guide “Subtleties of Color.”

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We have Steve Haroz on the show to talk about visual perception in visualization. Steve is a research scientist at Saclay, France near Paris (AVIZ) where he studies how “the brain perceives and understands visually displayed information like charts and graphs.”

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Steve is also a very active figure on Twitter, where he is frequently asked to comment on visual perception problems in visualization.

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On the show, we talk about what vision science is, practical examples of the use of vision science in data visualization, and how to use visual science to make predictive decisions about our data visualization designs.

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We have Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic on the show to talk about her work in visual storytelling. Cole is an educator, blogger, freelancer and author of Storytelling with Data, a successful data visualization book about effectively presenting data through visualization.

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We talk about how Cole got her start in visualization through her former job at Google, how she created her business, the story behind her book, and many of her other activities (including her great podcast!).

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The episode is full of useful tips, especially for those of you who are thinking of becoming a vis-oriented business-owner or freelancer.

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We have Nathan Yau with us on the show to talk about his mythical FlowingData blog. Nathan was one of the first people to write a blog about data and visualization, and he is one of the very few who continues to blog virtually every day after more than ten years.

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If you want to know what has happened lately in visualization, you can’t go wrong by visiting his site. It’s very comprehensive and never misses a beat.

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On the show, we talk about how and why Nathan started FlowingData, the evolution of the blog and visualization over the years, his data visualization projects and membership program, and the secret “sauce” behind his persistence!

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Sheelagh Carpendale is Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary, where she leads the Innovations in Visualization (InnoVis) research group. Sheelagh is one of the most prominent figures in visualization research and, this week, she joins us to discuss the research taking place in her lab, as well as her innovative ideas about all sorts of information visualization. Sheelagh is renowned for taking a much more holistic view of visualization than usual; she emphasizes interaction, visualization beyond the confinements of desktop displays, and the use of design, qualitative research, and psychology. On the show we talk about the uses of sketching in data visualization, the concept of “active reading” of visualizations, and the standard data viz ideas that are holding us back.

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Most often in data visualization we depend on traditional charts, but occasionally we stumble onto something new, maybe even something weird: something that is interesting and beautiful. How many charts of this type exist? And do they have anything in common?

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In this episode we have Maarten Lambrechts on the show to talk about his Xenographics project: a growing collection of “unusual charts and maps.”

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As creators of data visualization, it is important for us to remember that many of our platforms are not accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. What can we do to help non-sighted people access the wealth of information that we convey visually?

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To discuss this topic we have on the show Steve Landau, the founder of Touch Graphics, a company that develops products that “rely on multi-sensory display techniques and audio-haptic interactivity.”

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This week, we have Prof. Boris Müller from FH Potsdam on the show! Moritz and Boris discuss the SENSES research project, which visualizes climate change scenarios. They also talk generally about design and science collaboration.

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In other news, if you work in science and would like to improve your data visualization skills, make sure to check out the Graphic Hunters summer school In Utrecht, Netherlands, where Moritz will be offering a training on August 21, 2018.

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[Data Stories runs thanks to the help of our listeners. Please consider supporting us on Patreon or sending us a one-time donation through Paypal. And thanks so much for your support!]

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We have Dominik Moritz, Jacob Vanderplas, and Kanit “Ham” Wongsuphasawat on the show to talk about Vega-Lite and Altair. Dominik and Ham are PhD students at the Interactive Data Lab at the University of Washington with Jeff Heer, and Jacob is the director of Open Software at the University of Washington’s eScience Institute and the main person behind the development of Altair, the porting of Vega-Lite to Python.

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Vega-Lite is a new declarative language for the development of interactive data visualizations based on a grammar of graphics (similar to R’s ggplot2). One of the most interesting innovations it provides is the development of a grammar that also includes interaction and linking between views. In addition, Altair brings Vega-Lite to the Python environment, making it available to innumerable data scientists who work in Python and the Jupyter Notebook.

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This week we have David Robinson on the show to talk about data science, in particular the role of data visualization in data science. David is Chief Scientist at Data Camp and author of multiple data science books and R packages. He also writes a great blog called “Variance Explained.”

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On the show we talk about visualization as a data analysis tool, the problem of validation in exploratory data analysis, and David’s opinion on programming versus GUI interfaces. Also, don’t miss his great advice — and very generous offer! — on how to get started in data science!

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In this episode we have Karen Schloss on the show to talk about color. Yes, color! Karen is Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison where she conducts research on the effective uses of color in visualization and everyday tasks.

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Karen walks us through the intricacies of color: explaining how it works and why it is so hard to get right. We also discuss the infamous rainbow color map, the association between colors and meaning, the tools developed in her lab, and her fascinating research on coloring trash bins!

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This week we have Miriah Meyer (University of Utah) and Danyel Fisher (Microsoft Research) on the show to talk about their new book Making Data Visual, which covers areas that other visualization books typically do not address: namely, how to go from formulating questions to building visualizations that solve actual problems that people have.

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[This podcast is fully supported by our listeners. If you enjoy listening to Data Stories, consider supporting us on Patreon!]

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We have Lisa C. Rost and Gregor Aisch on the show to talk about the exciting work they are doing at Datawrapper. Lisa and Gregor have recently joined the company in Berlin, coming from various experiences in data journalism in the US.

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Lisa is known for her long, thoughtful and beautiful blog posts and visualization guides. Gregor is a former graphics editor at the New York Times and has also developed many useful visualization libraries and tools.

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On the show we talk about Lisa and Gregor’s transitions from the world of journalism to a software company, the market for data visualization products, and what we can expect from Datawrapper in the future.

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Lisa Charlotte Rost: https://lisacharlotterost.de/

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Gregor Aisch: https://driven-by-data.net/

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Datawrapper: http://datawrapper.de

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Datawrapper’s blog

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River (DW’s place to exchange relevant data, charts and maps)

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We have Evanthia Dimara on the show to talk about cognitive bias and the role it plays in visualization. Evanthia has a PhD from INRIA and is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR) in Paris. Her work focuses on data visualization and decision-making, and she specializes in understanding how bias affects our decisions when they are supported by visual representations.

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On the show we talk about cognitive biases in general, introducing some of the most popular and funny examples. We then switch gears and Evanthia describes how the effects of specific biases translate to the world of data visualization and whether visualization can play a role in reducing bias.

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How should we interact with machine learning? Is there a way to better understand what machine learning systems do and how? What role can visualization play in machine learning? These are some of the questions we discuss with Saleema Amershi on the podcast this week.

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Saleema is a Researcher at Microsoft Research AI (MSR AI) where she works on technologies for helping people build and use machine learning systems.

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On the show we explore the need for interaction in machine learning and discuss some of the fascinating work Saleema has done in this space, as well as what visualization can do to make machine learning more transparent for its users.

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