Beth Schultz

Data Visualization Dos & Don'ts

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SaneIT
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SaneIT   7/1/2013 7:41:14 AM
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I won't argue against imagination for interpretation but I think if you get too imaginative you lose the audience.  There is a real skill/talent needed to make numbers look pretty and keep them from getting confusing.

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Broadway   6/30/2013 3:53:31 PM
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@Beth, to make matters more complicated continuing with your writing analogy, I think there are times -- particularly longer research papers type projects -- when even someone who doesn't typically use outlines might need to use an outline to get their heads around a particularly complex topic. Same might go for visualizations.

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Pierre DeBois   6/30/2013 10:52:11 AM
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I'll add imagination for interpretation, which supports the "artistic eye".  See how a graph can be shown with respect to code can be tricky, but imagination has to be at work to get it down to an appreciable level.

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BethSchultz   6/4/2013 7:51:51 AM
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@SaneIT, I would suspect it's a lot like the writing process. Some people swear by the outline; can't write cohesively without it. Others don't like the outlining process or the structure associated with it. I think forcing one way or the other on a person results in poorer quality than would result by letting the person do what works best for him or her.

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SaneIT   6/4/2013 7:34:52 AM
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I think if you've got the talent to sit down and organize everything by hand and draw it out chances are that you've got a better eye for aesthetics than I've got and that does go a long way in making visual representations that people will actually look at.  I do think that it's a skill but it involves more than just interpreting data, if you have that artistic eye I'm sure it helps a lot.

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BethSchultz   6/3/2013 8:27:30 AM
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It'd be interesting to compare data visualizations -- the "tell a story" sorts with graphics, text, and images, at least -- done each way. I would think depending on the complexity of the topic, how much information you're trying to convey, and the audience, storyboarding could really help.

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Dos and Don'ts
SaneIT   6/3/2013 8:07:38 AM
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""I'm in an analog world here, actually sketching with pen and paper and colored pencils." Then you can move into the graphics software."

 

This really surprised me.  I figured most of the people building these were using visualization packages that generate the charts for them.  I never imagined someone sitting there drawing out the charts by hand and putting colors and labels on that way.  I know I just fire up the software pull in the data I want and do all the pretty changes inside the software. 

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TAanderud   6/1/2013 5:25:01 AM
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All right let's get started Monday morning - bright and early.  ;-)

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Pierre DeBois   5/31/2013 11:43:10 PM
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I for one love the update Linked In creatd - it permits additional material to describe the profile. Given the importance of data visualization, it can give an opportunity to see how far a report with a visualization can go.

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Pierre DeBois   5/31/2013 11:40:41 PM
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I like the thief concept. Maybe thorw a few cops giving chase on the next slide showing suggested solutions? :-)

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