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Let's do some thinking about data visualisation thinking

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"Let's do some thinking about data visualisation thinking" talk given by Andy Kirk at the 'Data Visualization Group in the Bay Area' Meetup at the University of San Francisco, on Thursday 23rd October 2014 (http://www.meetup.com/visualizemydata/events/212438912/)

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Let's do some thinking about data visualisation thinking

  1. LET’S HAVE A THINK ABOUT DATA VISUALISATION THINKING Andy Kirk @visualisingdata
  2. Data visualisation specialist: Trainer, lecturer, researcher, author, design consultant, speaker, twitterer...
  3. Theories and techniques Real-world practice
  4. TALENT THINKING
  5. 5 ATTRIBUTES OF GOOD VISUALISATION THINKING
  6. #1 ORGANISED Sequenced thinking
  7. 1. Establish the visualisation’s purpose PRACTICAL CREATIVE 2. Acquire, familiarise with and prepare your data 3. Determine the editorial focus of your subject matter 4. Conceive your design: data representation and presentation 5. Construct and complete your design solution
  8. Recommended talk/project... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMB_6OeCEP8
  9. Process but not procedure
  10. “There's a strand of the data viz world that argues that everything could be a bar chart. That's possibly true but also possibly a world without joy” Amanda Cox, New York Times http://blogs.hbr.org/hbr/hbreditors/2013/03/power_of_visualizations_aha_moment.html
  11. Framework for thinking rather than rules for learning
  12. Framework for thinking rather than rules for learning
  13. Where to begin? What pathway to take? http://www.mattneuman.com/maze.gif
  14. Cohesion and flow of thinking
  15. Organised thinking for visualisation The most effective and efficient way to sequence your thinking.
  16. #2 Boring! CONTEXTUAL Framing our thinking
  17. The influence of context YOU ARE KAYAKING ALONG THE COAST OF GREENLAND AND YOU NEED A ‘CHART’ TO NAVIGATE (HT to Mark Daggett @heavysixer)
  18. Three options: Which is best? http://www.visualisingdata.com/index.php/2013/03/tactile-visualisations-inuit-wood-maps/
  19. It needs to cope with being wet http://www.visualisingdata.com/index.php/2013/03/tactile-visualisations-inuit-wood-maps/
  20. It needs to float http://www.visualisingdata.com/index.php/2013/03/tactile-visualisations-inuit-wood-maps/
  21. It needs to work in the dark http://www.visualisingdata.com/index.php/2013/03/tactile-visualisations-inuit-wood-maps/
  22. Needs to work without cellular signal http://www.visualisingdata.com/index.php/2013/03/tactile-visualisations-inuit-wood-maps/
  23. It shouldn’t be cumbersome to use http://www.visualisingdata.com/index.php/2013/03/tactile-visualisations-inuit-wood-maps/
  24. We can’t rely on anything that needs power http://www.visualisingdata.com/index.php/2013/03/tactile-visualisations-inuit-wood-maps/
  25. It is too cold to work without gloves http://www.visualisingdata.com/index.php/2013/03/tactile-visualisations-inuit-wood-maps/
  26. Final score http://www.visualisingdata.com/index.php/2013/03/tactile-visualisations-inuit-wood-maps/
  27. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0123740371/ref=as_li_tf_il?ie=UTF8&tag=visuadata-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=0123740371
  28. “...this example reinforces my thesis that in order to design a tool, we must make our best efforts to understand the larger social and physical context within which it is intended to function.” Bill Buxton, “Sketching User Experiences” http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0123740371/ref=as_li_tf_il?ie=UTF8&tag=visuadata-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=0123740371
  29. Contextual thinking for visualisation What’s the best visualisation solution? It always depends.
  30. #3 IMAGINATIVE Harnessing instincts
  31. Our instincts offer a unique perspective http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/01/what-you-get-when-30-people-draw-a-world-map-from-memory/282901/
  32. Our instincts offer a unique perspective http://www.visualisingdata.com/index.php/2013/06/a-short-essay-about-interpretation-doodling-perceptions-and-people/
  33. Our instincts offer a unique perspective http://visualizing.org/galleries/peoples-choice-visualizing-london-2012-olympic-games
  34. Importance of sketching
  35. Influence and inspiration http://www.monumentvalleygame.com/img/screenshot2.jpg
  36. Influence and inspiration http://www.visualisingdata.com/index.php/2012/05/the-fine-line-between-plagiarism-and-inspiration/
  37. EXERCISE Audience participation
  38. What keywords and imagery come to mind? ANALYSIS ABOUT THE IMPACT OF PSYCHOTHERAPY TREATMENT ON PATIENTS IN ALASKA, 2013
  39. What keywords and imagery come to mind? Care Help Support Improvement Deterioration Healthy Unhealthy People Individuals Anonymised Integrity Authoritative Sensitivity Transparency
  40. What keywords and imagery come to mind? http://design-seeds.com/palettes/ArcticLove600.png
  41. What keywords and imagery come to mind? GRAPHIC TO MARK THE MILESTONE OF THE 500TH EXECUTION IN TEXAS
  42. What keywords and imagery come to mind?
  43. Imaginative thinking for visualisation What mental visualisations – instinctive keywords and imagery – form when you think about a task, its topic and its data?
  44. #4 JOURNALISTIC Harnessing curiosity
  45. Self-initiated curiosity http://bklynr.com/block-by-block-brooklyns-past-and-present/
  46. Self-initiated curiosity http://guns.periscopic.com/
  47. Self-initiated curiosity http://guns.periscopic.com/?year=2010
  48. The journalist-analyst sensibility to find and show
  49. One to watch: Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/people/christopher-ingraham
  50. “A photo is never an objective reflection, but always an interpretation of reality... I see data visualization as sort of a new photojournalism – a highly editorial activity.” Moritz Stefaner http://well-formed-data.net/archives/1027/worlds-not-stories
  51. Editorial focus: Filtering http://i.imgur.com/RmXbrDZ.jpg
  52. Editorial focus: Filtering http://i.imgur.com/RmXbrDZ.jpg
  53. Editorial focus: Representative angle? http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2014/jul/05/diego-maradona-belgium-famous-photo#_
  54. Editorial focus: Representative angle? http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2014/jul/05/diego-maradona-belgium-famous-photo#_
  55. Editorial focus: Other angles available? https://twitter.com/toddlerlex/status/440393501810118656/photo/1
  56. Editorial focus: Other angles available? https://twitter.com/toddlerlex/status/440393501810118656/photo/1
  57. Pattern matching, sense-making, sniffing out the story http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_Landmesser
  58. Pattern matching, sense-making, sniffing out the story http://www.bloomberg.com/billionaires/latest
  59. Pattern matching, sense-making, sniffing out the story http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/19/upshot/peyton-manning-breaks-touchdown-passing-record.html?abt=0002&abg=0
  60. Journalistic thinking for visualisation What triggers your data-focused curiosity? What ‘photos’ of your data do you need to convey your message?
  61. #5 CRITICAL Developing the craft
  62. Independent critical thinking http://eagereyes.org/blog/2014/beyond-the-knee-jerk-reaction
  63. “There is a tendency to just reflexively make fun of certain types of charts, in particular pie charts and 3D charts. While that is often justified, there are also exceptions... we have to suppress the knee-jerk reflex and give them a moment of thought before ripping them apart.” Robert Kosara http://eagereyes.org/blog/2014/beyond-the-knee-jerk-reaction
  64. Choices: The breadth of critical thinking (136 charts in 34 secs)
  65. Choices: The depth of critical thinking http://openvisconf.com/2014/
  66. Choices: The depth of critical thinking
  67. Dieter Rams’ ‘10 principles of good design’ https://www.vitsoe.com/gb/about/good-design
  68. “Designers Touching Their Face” http://dttf.tumblr.com/
  69. “#8 Good design is thorough down to the last detail... Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance.” Dieter Rams’ ‘10 principles of good design’ https://www.vitsoe.com/gb/about/good-design
  70. EXERCISE Team participation
  71. Prizes to be won! Need two teams of 3 people…
  72. Identify as many visualisation design decisions as possible... http://hint.fm/wind/
  73. Critical thinking for visualisation How can your resolve the best design choices from the vast range and depth of options available?
  74. 5 ATTRIBUTES OF GOOD VISUALISATION THINKING
  75. ORGANISED CONTEXTUAL IMAGINATIVE JOURNALISTIC CRITICAL
  76. Let’s get this little guy working
  77. LET’S HAVE A THINK ABOUT DATA VISUALISATION THINKING Andy Kirk @visualisingdata

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