Day 119 of 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:

The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization by Alberto Cairo

11-23 Intro and Why Visualize: From Information to Wisdom

Three Takeaways

  • You’re only drowning in data if you don’t know how to swim – in reference to information overload and the importance of understanding data structures p 14
  • Unstructured Information (meaning reality0 -> Data (encoded) -> Structured Information (eg. a communicator has turned it into a report or visual) – > Knowledge -> Wisdom p 17
    • “The role of the information architect is to anticipate this process and generate order before people’s brains try to do it on their own.” p 17
  • Remember that information visualization is a technology meant to help an audience complete tasks p. 23
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