I’ll be honest – I don’t for a minute believe I have the standing, expertise, or width of knowledge and experience to comment on data visualisation generally in 2016 (or, similarly, to make predictions on future developments for 2017). But 2016 was an eventful year in my progression into the field of data visualisation. So […]
Why don’t people tell the truth?
I don’t want to make this too emotive – I’ve already toned down the title from “Why do people lie?” But, why indeed? There are probably a thousand psychological reasons but I’m asking in just one specific context: opinion polls. I’ve often said that it’s impossible to be interested in data visualisation without taking an […]
When is a visualisation a call to action?
This question and therefore this post has come about as a result of a conference talk I am giving tomorrow. The overall conference theme is the Culture and Politics of Data Visualisation and I’m excited to have been asked to talk at an event for the first time. Specifically, my talk focusses around my professional […]
What makes a “viz of the day”?
First – an explanation. The majority of my visualisations are done using Tableau and published on Tableau Public (here). Available for all to see, it’s a great resource for experimenting and publishing work that you’re happy for all to see. Click on it today and you’ll see there are 190000+ authors, 25M+ views/month and over […]
Remain or Leave?
In a blog where I’m posing every post as a question, this was by far the biggest question of the week in the UK. In fact, probably the biggest political question of my lifetime. But this is a data visualisation blog, so there’s no way I’m answering that particular question. The main point though, is […]
Should we call out bad practices?
Yesterday, in my professional capacity, I attended a conference in Oxford related to data science in government. That makes me sound much grander than I am, but in reality it was a get-together for data scientists/analysts, researchers and policy makers to network and learn some of the data science work being done by government departments. […]
Are any visualisations off limits?
Data visualisations can cover just about any topic, from the sublime to the ridiculous; from the serious to the frivolous. I’ve seen no end of powerful visualisations on police brutality, casualties in war, mass shootings, the list goes on. Many more of these have surfaced, either new or updated, in the wake of the recent […]
Should the data drive the visualisation?
Obviously the answer to this is “yes”, at least inasmuch as it can’t be the other way round. I’ve learnt (well, I knew really – let’s say “confirmed”) today that you can’t just decide on a visualisation without thoroughly knowing your data and its suitability for the job. Take the excellent visualisation below, published in […]