Best Datavisualization podcasts we could find (Updated January 2019)
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Data Viz Today
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Creating an effective data visualization is hard. There are so many decisions to make - chart type, annotations, color, oh my! But don't worry - every Tuesday host Alli Torban dissects the tools, methods, and techniques used to create today's top data viz. Whether you're an analyst, journalist or artist, this show is here to help you hone your information design skills so that you can inspire others to action with your visuals!
 
Rid your world of ineffective graphs and mediocre presentations, one exploding 3D pie chart at a time! The storytelling with data podcast from bestselling author, speaker and workshop guru, Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic covers topics related to data storytelling, better presentations, and all things data viz. There is a story in your data—get the skills and power to tell it!
 
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Why do new year’s resolutions often fail? How do we set good goals? In this episode, Cole discusses the quarterly OKR goal-setting process she learned at Google and how it can be used to foster intentional actions, help achieve major accomplishments, and contribute to success—in work, and in life! Cole also answers listener questions on graphic ...…
 
What a year… I was honored to join Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner on their Data Stories podcast along with Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic and Jon Schwabish to discuss our highlights from the year and what we hope to see in 2019. This is a re-broadcast of that amazing episode. I also added an intro with some thoughts on my 2019 data viz goals and i ...…
 
What is the Third Wave of Data Visualization? Elijah Meeks believes it’s happening now and that it means changing constructs and possibly priorities for practitioners. In this episode, Cole sits down with Elijah in Miami after his closing keynote presentation at the Tapestry conference. They discuss his presentation, moving past optimizing for ...…
 
It’s a community project, it’s a book, it may even be a way to land a new job! Hear Cole talk with coathors Andy Kriebel and Eva Murray about their writing process and lessons from #MakeoverMonday: Improving How We Visualize and Analyze Data, One Chart at a Time, including the importance of simplifying and iterating, why feedback posed as a que ...…
 
I recently caught wind of a forthcoming data viz book all about the craft of being a data storyteller called Info We Trust by RJ Andrews, and I wanted to know all about it! So I hopped on the phone with RJ and got the scoop on how he cleverly structures his days to be the most creative data storyteller and author that he can be, plus he shared ...…
 
Have you ever pushed the boundaries of visualization? Did you receive any push-back? Do you want to experiment more with new chart types, but you’re not sure where to start or maybe you’re worried about people’s reactions? In this episode, we’ll hear how Richie Lionell created his thought-provoking data viz, how he handled criticism gracefully, ...…
 
What should you do when you plot your data points and realize they're all on top of each other?? I recently learned that this is called "overplotting" and in this episode, I'll offer 3 techniques to help you handle this problem so you can get back to analyzing & visualizing! Show Notes Follow Data Viz Today on Twitter Check out my Adobe Illustr ...…
 
When's the last time you saw a box plot? How about the last time you created one?! It's been a long time for me, but this week's featured data visualization by Eric William Lin has convinced me to reconsider using this often clinical chart type as a beautiful and powerful way to tell a story. In this episode, we'll hear how Eric built his Kanta ...…
 
Could the process of choosing where to live give us some insights on choosing the “right” graph? When it comes to your data presentations, how do you choose the right graph? Is there even such a thing as the “right” graph? In this episode, Cole shares some updates on life changes, discusses the concept of graphing for exploring and understandin ...…
 
After a brief pause, the storytelling with data podcast is almost back with a replay of a recent podcast Cole did with Moritz Stefaner and Enrico Bertini of Data Stories. Listening time: 37:02 Follow on Twitter: @datastories, @moritz_stefaner, @FILWD
 
How can you consistently generate interesting visual story ideas from your data set? I’ve been on a quest to find a process for this, and I recently found guidance in a book for authors who are trying to get their non-fiction short stories published by editors. I used what I learned to create a worksheet that brings me from a basic stat to eigh ...…
 
How can you add interaction to make your story more impactful and memorable? In this episode, host Alli Torban explores specific interaction techniques that you can try in your visualizations to more effectively inform your reader. Featured data visualization project by Ludovic Tavernier perfectly shows how handing over the power to your reader ...…
 
When is it beneficial to visualize your data in 3D? We know that people love the “cool” factor of 3D, but I think most people know to avoid it now. But in which cases could it be useful in understanding your data? In this episode, host Alli Torban explores the pros and cons of 3D viz. Featured data visualization project by Ryan Baumann shows a ...…
 
Do you ever have a client that's not sure what they need, and you also feel at a loss on how to visualize their goal in the most useful way? In this episode, I talk about how I'm bringing back my old Help Desk skills to break through that wall (or vizzer's block ;D) and dig up useful dashboard ideas. Show Notes Follow Data Viz Today on Twitter…
 
How can you find your unique data viz style? I've started my quest to find mine, which I hope will help me find my voice and create work that’s more representative of my point of view. I know it’s not something that happens overnight, but what can I do to get started? Featured data visualization project by Federica Fragapane provides plenty of ...…
 
Is it ever beneficial to stray from the usual chart types and create your own original, novel data visualization? i.e. A viz where you decide what each free-form shape, line, and color represents. In this episode, host Alli Torban explores how this technique can lead to a deeper connection to your data. Featured data visualization by Sonja Kuij ...…
 
I loved reading Edward Tufte's “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information” for the first time as part of the Data Vis Book Club! He's known as a pioneer in the data viz field but has also received criticism for his "my way or the highway" approach. I highly recommend reading his book, not necessarily as a data viz rulebook, but as a valuab ...…
 
Being able to see the difference between well-designed and poorly-designed data viz is half the battle! But when your work always looks amateurish to you, it can be really frustrating. In this episode, host Alli Torban identifies specific ways that you can close the gap between your good taste and your developing skills. Featured data visualiza ...…
 
How can you create a data viz that feels inviting to your reader? Host Alli Torban explores the specific design elements that can offer your reader an enjoyable experience. Featured data visualization by Sarah Bartlett perfectly demonstrates how investing in an inviting design can lead to a pleasant, informative, and memorable experience. Show ...…
 
Have you ever heard these words? "We don't have a budget for this work, but we can offer you exposure!" Whether you're more in the graphic design camp or the data journalism camp, you'll probably run up against this at some point in your freelancing journey. In this episode, I offer 3 questions to ask yourself before agreeing to do data viz wor ...…
 
How can visualizing streaks in your data help you find patterns and gain perspective? Host Alli Torban dives into specific ways you can see your data in a new way by highlighting the period of time that something is happening - a streak. Featured data visualization by Frank Elavsky perfectly demonstrates how streaks are not only beautiful but c ...…
 
How has my data viz design process changed over the past 5 months? Well, it was pretty non-existent to start with, but after interviewing 20 top data viz designers, I've learned a lot and now have a much more defined design process. In this episode, I share my current 7-step process and would love to hear what yours is like so we can learn from ...…
 
How can segmenting your line chart into intervals help you gain insights into your data? Host Alli Torban dives into specific ways you can visually break up your line chart into intervals as a way to quickly see your data from a different perspective. Example questions you could answer: Which marketing campaign had the greatest effect on sales? ...…
 
What are isochrone maps and how can you use them for advanced analysis or data art? Host Alli Torban dives into specific ways you can create and use isochrones for personal or work challenges. Featured data visualization project by Topi Tjukanov perfectly models how isochrones can bring out interesting insights. Show Notes Topi's Website Topi's ...…
 
How can you see your data viz with fresh eyes? Host Alli Torban dives into specific ways you can view your work from a new perspective when you're short on time! Show Notes Download the Printable Follow Data Viz Today on Twitter
 
How can you start your own data viz passion project that hones your skills and opens the door to new opportunities? Host Alli Torban dives into specific ways you can find and execute a passion project that brings you joy and growth. Featured data visualization project by Amy Cesal perfectly models how a passion project can be fun, bring new opp ...…
 
How can you take your scatter plot to the next level? Host Alli Torban dives into 3 ways you can layer onto a scatter plot to enhance your reader’s understanding of the data. Show Notes Maarten's Website Maarten's Twitter Data Viz Today's Twitter
 
Do graphs always have to have a zero baseline? Are pie charts evil? Is there a single, “right” answer? In this episode, Cole discusses a number of myths and a few rules in data visualization. She also answers listener Q&A on how to deal with presenting materials you aren’t necessarily proud of, strategies for graphing uneven time intervals, and ...…
 
How can visualizations help people make decisions and set goals? Use a simulation/what-if analysis and visualize the results! Host Alli Torban dives into why simulations are so powerful in persuading people and how to know if your client could benefit from a what-if visualization! Show notes Gabrielle's Website Gabrielle's Twitter Data Viz Toda ...…
 
What can we learn from the top-notch Data Team at the Economist? Host Alli Torban dives into the 3 things that she learned from their team as they put together their predictive model for the U.S. midterm elections. (Hint: the complexities of predictive model building, visualizing uncertainty, and annotations!) Shownotes The Economist's Midterm ...…
 
Truth or Lie? It isn’t that simple or binary when it comes to visualizing and communicating with data: there is a spectrum. In this episode, Cole talks with special guest, famed professor, author, and data journalist Alberto Cairo, about truth with a lowercase “t,” his efforts to bring graphical literacy to the public through the Visual Trumper ...…
 
How can you use visual metaphor to evoke emotion? Host Alli Torban dives into specific ways to find a visual metaphor that's right for your data. Featured data viz by Valentina D'Efilippo models how to use visual metaphor to create a beautiful, meaningful, and memorable data viz. Shownotes Valentina's Website Follow Valentina on Twitter Follow ...…
 
How can you enhance your portfolio with maps? Host Alli Torban dives into specific ways to get started making your own maps! Featured data viz by Hyemi Song models how to use a beautifully styled map to show emerging spatial patterns. Course: “Make Your First Custom Map in Under 30 Minutes” Show Notes Hyemi's Website Follow Hyemi on Twitter Fol ...…
 
How can you encourage a reader to explore your data visualization without adding any interactivity? Host Alli Torban dives into specific ways to make an exploratory static data viz - no coding necessary! Featured viz by Krisztina Szucs models how to encourage exploration by visualizing the rating and profit of past box office hits. Show Notes K ...…
 
How can you make your sports viz appeal to a wider audience to include those passively interested in your sport? Host Alli Torban dives into specific ways to pull out the strategy and nuance of your sports data. Featured viz by Ben Matheson models how to appeal to a wide audience by visualizing the strategy behind the run/rest decisions of Idit ...…
 
How can you secure client buy-in for your data viz designs? Host Alli Torban dives into specific ways to practice that will bring your data visualization from good to great. Featured vizzes by Pooja Gandhi and Adam Crahen are perfect examples of a collaborative process that will elevate your designs and ultimately help you gain client buy-in. S ...…
 
Whether it’s a graph, a slide, a presentation, your message, a story—there can be immense value in talking through it, out loud. In this session, Cole discusses her experiences and the benefits to speaking out loud to refine, practice, and identify better solutions. Cole also answers listener questions on the use of pictures in data visualizati ...…
 
How can we approach a dataset that will make people feel connected to it? How can we humanize our data viz? Host Alli Torban dives into these questions by examining Rodrigo Menegat and Vinicius Sueiro's data visualization called "All the Government Barbecues," which won a Kantar Information is Beautiful Award in 2017. Show Notes Follow Rodrigo ...…
 
This episode features Zak Geis' eye-catching data viz inspired by radar charts. This is a difficult chart type to work with! In this episode, host Alli Torban dives into its limitations and how you can best implement it. Shownotes Follow Zak on Twitter Follow Data Viz Today on Twitter
 
Do you add annotations to your data viz? Susie Lu's data visualization presented Emmy nominations in a clear and concise way thanks to her smart annotation choices. Susie is the Queen of annotations - she's the creator of the popular D3.js library that gives you the ability to customize annotations and labels. In this episode, host Alli Torban ...…
 
How can you get people engaged in your data viz? Jim Vallandingham visualized how long it took people to draw over 50 million doodles for Google Quick Draw, which resulted in a fun and engaging data viz. In this episode, host Alli Torban explores how you can create an engaging data viz too. Show Notes Jim's Website Follow Jim on Twitter Follow ...…
 
We often complain about the constraints we face when communicating via a presentation: we don’t have enough time, we don’t have the right tools, we are only allowed a limited number of slides. In this episode, Cole discusses how constraints can actually be amazing and how imposing constraints intentionally on our work can better arm us to deal ...…
 
Have you ever been inspired by a piece of art and wanted to incorporate it into your work? Guney Soykan is an award-winning art director who visualized the tenure of world leaders through composite portraits. In this episode, host Alli Torban explores what we can learn from artists like Guney and how we can take inspiration from art and apply i ...…
 
Do you need to find answers in survey results? Shirley Wu visualized the results of a survey of 981 data viz creators' frustrations and found insights with her unique techniques. In this episode, host Alli Torban explores how you can find answers and visualize your survey results too! Show Notes Shirley's Website Shirley's Twitter Follow Data V ...…
 
Are you trying to tell a story with your data? Maybe you can find the story by focusing on where the movement is happening. Pierre Massat brought the familial relationships of Kenyan elephants to life with his data viz. It's a compelling example of using movement to tell a story. In this episode, host Alli Torban explores how you can do the sam ...…
 
Have you ever tried to visualize seasonality? It's a fascinating topic. Nadieh Bremer and Zan Armstrong visualized the seasonal patterns of U.S. births in their award-winning data viz. In this episode, host Alli Torban explores how you can find and represent seasonality in data too. Show Notes Nadieh's Website Follow Nadieh on Twitter Zan's Web ...…
 
What should you do before you start a data visualization? Define your goal! Lisa Charlotte Rost created the perfect mental model to help you define and achieve your data viz goals. In this episode, host Alli Torban dives into how you can use this mental model to ensure your design decisions are well-guided and thought out. Show Notes Lisa on th ...…
 
What are data visualizations? How can you get better at creating them? Is this show for you? Find out with your host Alli Torban in this intro episode! Show Notes: www.dataviztoday.com/shownotes/00
 
“It depends.” These two simple words can answer a number of questions raised when it comes to visualizing data and communicating with it effectively. In this session, Cole discusses 10 common data visualization questions where the answer is “it depends” and discusses what it depends on and the critical thought process required for success in th ...…
 
“How did you start storytelling with data?” is a question I receive frequently. In this episode, I’m interviewed by my husband, Randy, and field questions on how it all came to be, including finding balance between work and family, some book-writing tips, and my outlook on where SWD will go from here. Mentioned Show Links: Follow Randy on Twitt ...…
 
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