Episode 01: How to Achieve Your Data Viz Goals - Featured Viz by Lisa Charlotte Rost

 Lisa Charlotte Rost. Image via  Twitter .

Lisa Charlotte Rost. Image via Twitter.

Welcome to episode 1 of Data Viz Today. How can we achieve our data viz goals? I share Lisa Charlotte Rost's advice on how to define and achieve your data viz goals by using her mental model. 

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 Mental Model by Lisa Charlotte Rost from her  INCH Presentation

Mental Model by Lisa Charlotte Rost from her INCH Presentation

  • Welcome! I'm Alli Torban.
  • 00:35 - Why are we spending time visualizing data and how can we make sure our data viz is achieving our goals?
  • 01:00 - Lisa Charlotte Rost's presentation at INCH helps designers think about why they're visualizing a particular data set.
  • 01:10 - Lisa is a dataviz designer at Datawrapper.  
  • 01:40 - Define the goal of your data viz first so it will guide your future design decisions.
  • 01:50 - Lisa sees designers try to include too much in their graphic.
  • 02:00 - Use Lisa's mental model to help you define the goal of your data viz. They are Attention & Beauty, Understanding, and Implication.
  • 02:30 - Depending on your industry and audience, you'll prioritize the three goals differently.
  • 03:15 - How do we know what to focus on in our viz? Lisa says to focus on the headline first, then all the decisions that follow will support this statement.
  • 04:00 - Study found that Titles and Text in a data viz are key elements that help people understand and recall a data viz.
  • 04:40 - I've been using these tips in my work by first writing my headline and then drawing the three circles in the same proportion that I want my data viz to convey.
  • 05:00 - Lisa's advice to designers just starting out: find a challenge to tackle. Figure out tools on the fly as you need them.
  • 06:00 - Thank you to Lisa! Why do we visualize data? It's because we're trying to achieve and show some level of Attention & Beauty, Understanding, and Implication. Use her mental model to help you achieve your data viz goals.
  • 06:30 - Check out Lisa's informative posts at the Datawrapper Blog. My favorite on how to use Pie Charts.
  • 06:45 - Next up on her reading list: Tamara Munzner's "Visualization Analysis and Design" and Colin Ware’s "Information Visualization: Perception for Design".
  • 07:05 - Check out Lisa's older work on her website, and follow her on Twitter!
  • 07:15 - Next episode we'll break down Nadieh Bremer's data viz!
  • 07:30 - Subscribe to my weekly newsletter, which compiles the top tips from the week into a short email.
  • 07:45 - Nominate a data viz to be featured on the show.
  • 07:50 - Contact me on social media @dataviztoday!

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