103  |  Explorable Explanations with Nicky Case


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This week we have Nicky Case on the show to talk about “explorable explanations,” interactive simulations that help people understand complex ideas.

Nicky has developed a whole set of projects over the years, including the popular “Parable Of The Polygons,” which describes how small biases can lead to segregation, and “To Build A Better Ballot,” which demonstrates the impact of various types of voting ballots.

On the show we talk about both of these projects in detail, the definition of explorable explanations, how simulation and interaction might play a role in visualization, and the future of this kind of project.

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