Day 115 0f 180 Days of Data Viz Learning #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:

Visual Storytelling with Data Meetup with Kaiser Fung and Ray Vella

Three Takeaways:

  • 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
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