Episode #261: Tableau Conference 2024
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by Jon Schwabish
21h ago
Summary Welcome to a solo episode! In this special episode of the podcast, I talk about the recen Tableau Customer conference in San Diego, which drew over 9,000 participants. I reflect on various aspects of the conference, including its diverse sessions that ranged from showcasing new Tableau features and case studies to hands-on workshops and discussions on data visualization beyond Tableau. I was a presenter at TC and presented my work on the Urban Institute’s Do No Harm Project. My review of the conference focuses just on the positives of the conference—the upcoming features in Tableau, su ..read more
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Episode #260: Enrico Bertini
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by Jon Schwabish
6d ago
Summary You know Enrico Bertini, right? Writer, teacher, co-host of the Data Stories podcast, Enrico does it all. Now at Northeastern University, I invited Enrico to the show to talk about his research, great Substack newsletter, and for views on the evolving landscape of data visualization on social media. In our discussion, Enrico emphasized the significance of interdisciplinary collaboration at Northeastern University. He has some concerns about the current state of visualization theory and tools and talks about his ideas around “critical data thinking” as a crucial way of thinking about da ..read more
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Episode #259: Nick Desbarats
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by Jon Schwabish
2w ago
Summary On this week’s episode of the podcast, I speak to author and teacher Nick Desbarats about his new book, Practical Charts: The Essential Guide to Creating Clear, Compelling Charts for Reports and Presentations.  Our conversation covers choosing appropriate chart types, emphasizing simplicity and clarity, and understanding when to use different formats. Nick aims to challenge dogmatic views on charts, such as the use of pie charts, and stresses the importance of catering to the audience’s familiarity with graph types. Our chat also includes insights on transitioning to online teachi ..read more
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Episode #258: Rahul Bhargava
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by Jon Schwabish
3w ago
Summary In this week’s episode of the PolicyViz Podcast, I interview Rahul Bhargava from Northeastern University on the topic of data physicalization. We discuss the role of community engagement and societal impact in communicating data and including different people and communities. Our conversation touches upon teaching combined majors at Northeastern and expanding data engagement through Rahul’s participatory art methods. We explore the limitations of visual learning and advocate for including diverse voices via data sculptures and embodied experiences. Topics Discussed Inclusivity in Data ..read more
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Episode #257: Amanda Makulec
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by Jon Schwabish
1M ago
Summary Amanda Makulec is the current Executive Director of the Data Visualization Society (DVS), and in this week’s episode of the PolicyViz Podcast, we discuss her journey and the DVS’s evolution as it approaches its fifth anniversary. Amanda shares her experience starting as a volunteer all the way to leading the entire organization. With her second term coming to an end, she emphasizes the importance of term limits and her commitment to ensuring the organization’s sustainability by focusing on operational systems, finances, compliance, and community responsiveness. Topics Discussed Leader ..read more
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Episode #255: Alberto Cairo
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by Jon Schwabish
2M ago
Summary In this week’s episode of the podcast, I welcome author, speaker, and professor Alberto Cairo to the show. We discuss his most recent book, The Art of Insight, and our conversation extends to acquiring reliable data and challenges people across the world face in creating useful and accessible data visualizations. We also discuss the current state of social media as it relates to the data visualization community and Alberto contemplates the future landscape for both the community and data-related conferences in a post-pandemic world. Topics Discussed The Quest for Reliable Data: Albert ..read more
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Episode #254: Maarten Boers
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by Jon Schwabish, Podcasts on Data Visualization & Better Presentation | Policy Viz
3M ago
Summary In this week’s episode, we delve into the pivotal role of visual clarity in scientific research. Join me and Professor of Clinical Epidemiology Maarten Boers as we discuss his new book, Data Visualization for Biomedical Scientists. If you are at all interested in being a better science communicator—and especially if you are interested in publishing your work in academic journals—this episode is for you! We talk about how Maarten’s book extends beyond the world of biomedical science into good table design, small multiples, and how academic publishing needs to get its act in order. Topic ..read more
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Episode #253: Tommy Pearce
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by Jon Schwabish, Podcasts on Data Visualization & Better Presentation | Policy Viz
3M ago
Summary On this week’s episode of the podcast, we dive into the transformative work of Neighborhood Nexus, led by Tommy Pierce. This civic data intermediary is making waves in Georgia by harnessing the power of data to create a lasting social impact. Here are the highlights of our discussion on how Neighborhood Nexus is revolutionizing the nonprofit sector through data-driven strategies: Topics Discussed The Mission of Neighborhood Nexus: We explore the core objectives of the organization, which include addressing inquiries, informing programs, and fostering crucial relationships between data ..read more
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Episode #252: Nathan Braun
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by Jon Schwabish
3M ago
Summary On this week’s episode of the show, I talk with Nate Braun, author of several Python books, all having to do with sports. Nate shares his journey from having a background in economics to writing books on sports data analysis and visualization using Python. Despite not initially being skilled in coding, Braun was inspired by his work in environmental issues and modeling, leading him to develop fantasy football models and later educational books on coding and data analysis with a focus on various sports. We cover Nate’s data scraping and writing process, as well as the ins and outs of wh ..read more
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Episode #251: Sheila Pontis and Michael Babwahsingh
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by Sharon, Podcasts on Data Visualization & Better Presentation | Policy Viz
4M ago
Summary In the first episode of The PolicyViz Podcast of 2024, I speak with Sheila Pontis and Michael Babwahsingh, the authors of the new book, Information Design Unbound. The book, which contains over 400 images and input from more than 65 contributors, is designed to serve both students and professionals through exercises and activities. It specifically addresses how to teach design and information design to students without a traditional design background and explores different approaches to the subject based on students’ fields of study, as well as various team structures within the profes ..read more
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