I’m doing some form of data visualization learning for 180 days because I need to #JFDI.
Reading and Learning Data Visualization Theoretically/Critically:
- People don’t think about the assumptions made enough, both by others and themselves, in viz when data is excluded.
- Eg. political reporting only showing options on two candidates and leaving out the undecideds so numbers don’t add up to a whole
- Sometimes you have to do something with units to make them more comprehensive and even emotionally resonating, eg. 9 lbs of eggs wasted by average american per year means 6 cartons of eggs – the 6 cartons of eggs is much more meaningful
- Don’t forget about the human aspect of data over trying to produce flash with stats and imagery – giving the example of using people and biophilia in viz