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Speaking: How to Use A Microphone

November 9, 2017
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Speaking: How to Use A Microphone

When you’re speaking in front of an audience, you’re almost always using a microphone. The point of the microphone is to help your audience hear you. But it can’t do that if you don’t know how to use it or if you actively work against it. Listen for your own voice. This is the key […]

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Choosing the right metric reveals the story behind the subway mess in NYC

November 8, 2017
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Choosing the right metric reveals the story behind the subway mess in NYC

Kaiser Fung, founder of Junk Charts and Principal Analytics Prep, re-makes a chart showing an alarming negative trend in usage of New York City mass transit in 2017.

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Upcoming talks here and there

November 7, 2017
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I'm giving a dataviz talk in San Ramon, CA on Thursday Nov 9. Go here to register. *** Then next Monday (Nov 13, 11 am), I will be in Boston at Harvard Business Review, giving a "live whiteboard session" on...

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Fifty-nine intersections supporting forty dots of data

October 31, 2017
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Fifty-nine intersections supporting forty dots of data

Kaiser Fung, creator of Junk Charts and Principal Analytics Prep, borrows an idea from Ed Tufte to remake a data graphic by the Economist on income and wealth inequality across different countries.

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Vis Potpourri, October 2017

October 25, 2017
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Vis Potpourri, October 2017

A potpourri isn't usually structured, since it's supposed to be thrown together and mixed. But this one has a section on reports from this year's VIS conference, plus various miscellaneous items like a tool to explore a brain atlas, some history on spreadsheets, and a celebration of Archer, among other things. VIS Reports A traditional […]

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Three pies and a bar: serving visual goodness

October 24, 2017
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Three pies and a bar: serving visual goodness

Kaiser Fung, founder of JunkCharts and Principal Analytics Prep, simplifies and clarifies a Washington Post pie chart about friends and party affiliation.

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ISOTYPE Book: Florence, Only An Ocean Between

October 23, 2017
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ISOTYPE Book: Florence, Only An Ocean Between

The book Only An Ocean Between by Lella Secor Florence contains some of the most iconic ISOTYPE charts. It was published in 1943, as part of a small series called America and Britain. Unlike some other ISOTYPE books, this one (and the other two in the series) advertise the charts right on the cover. This […]

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Portrait: Danielle Albers Szafir

October 18, 2017
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Portrait: Danielle Albers Szafir

Danielle Albers Szafir received the Best Paper award for her single-author paper, Modeling Color Difference for Visualization Design at InfoVis this year. She is assistant professor at University of Colorado Boulder and runs the CU VisuaLab there. Danielle works on a number of research projects centered around perception, and in particular color, but also topics like visual comparison. […]

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Lop-sided precincts, a visual exploration

October 17, 2017
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Lop-sided precincts, a visual exploration

Kaiser Fung, founder of Junk Charts, a leading data visualization blog, and Principal Analytics Prep, a premier data analytics bootcamp, discusses and remakes a Washington Post chart showing lop-sided precincts in the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections.

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IEEE VIS 2017: A SciVis Perspective

October 16, 2017
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IEEE VIS 2017: A SciVis Perspective

Since my (Robert)’s conference reports are almost entirely focused on InfoVis (and a bit of VAST), I have asked Noeska Smit, medical visualization professor and my collaborator in the Vis Potpourri postings, to write about VIS from the SciVis perspective. Everything below are Noeska’s words. It’s been a while since I wrote a conference report. […]

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