Day 41 of 180 Days of Data Viz #JFDI

I’m doing some form of data visualization learning for 180 days because I need to #JFDI.  See post explaining how and why I’m doing this.

Reading and Learning Data Visualization Theoretically/Critically:

Knight Journalism Course for the Americas:  Data Visualization and Infographics with D3! 

Alberto Cairo Module 2 Part 3 – Part 6 

Three Takeways:

  • Graphics made to mislead including bucketed dates or leaving out information – choosing the headlines first and finding data to corroborate
  • “Motivated Reason” – you look for data that corroborates your story – data needs to be explored, take into account confounding variables, etc.
  • Give enough information to give contest, don’t feed audiences and let their biases fill the picture -> example of simplistic maps of Ukraine’s conflict that appeared to show a geographic split whereas the situation was incredibly more complicated.

The Best American Infographics 2014 

Intro and “You Section” p. xi – 13

Three Takeaways

  • Importance of combining aesthetics, technology, and journalism
  • Use of color to tie together data points
  • Use of weighted lines to string together a narrative
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