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INSIGHT AND!

ENLIGHTENMENT
the future of news visualization
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Hmm!
theres so much great stuff! around what should I show?

OK
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http://graphtv.kevinformatics.com/
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Esteve Boix http://visualizingbuffy.com/


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do projects like this represent the future of visualization?


front the point of view of tools, sure, but
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Arent we talking too much about these?


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Or about these?
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http://www.elmundo.es/juegosonline/dispara.html

Its not that Im not interested in programming


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But I think that the future of visualization doesnt depend on the tools we use, but on solid principles

Instead of thinking what the future of visualization will be, I perhaps should talk about what I would like the future of news visualization to be

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PREDICTION 1
designers and journalists (and not just data journalists) will become better at using numbers and evidence
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Data journalists and infographics and visualization designers can lead the way and help raise the numeracy and visual skills of both their colleagues and the public.
We need to be a bit more outspoken when we see wrongdoing

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The incredible map that shows that half of the U.S. population produces half of the GDP
http://www.thefunctionalart.com/2014/02/the-incredible-gdp-map-that-shows-that.html
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This map is the equivalent of writing a headline without writing the story that should follow it (to provide more detail.)

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Deaths in trafc have not stopped despite of the no-alcohol law!

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Well... Yes they have! (although perhaps not because of the anti-alcohol law)

Deaths per! 100.000 vehicles

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http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/221280/more-than-one-quarter-ofjournalists-wish-theyd-chosen-another-career/
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http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/221280/more-than-one-quarter-ofjournalists-wish-theyd-chosen-another-career/
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Wouldn't it be more newsworthy to report that this number has barely changed in spite of the deep crisis news media"and journalism itself, for that matter"is going through? That's the real story, I believe.

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However, an important challenge is that we, data journalists and visualization designers, are also the victims of patternicity

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Patternicity
Finding Meaningful Patterns in Meaningless Noise
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The rst principle is that you must not fool yourself--and you are! the easiest person to fool
Richard Feynman, 1974, Caltech Graduation Address
http://www.lhup.edu/~DSIMANEK/cargocul.htm

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texty.org.ua
All Textys visualization pojects: http://texty.org.ua/pg/blog/infoviz

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BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25182823

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The Washington Post

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Its more complicated than that

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Its more complicated than that


In favor of strengthening ties with the European Union WEST CENTER SOUTH EAST 0% 50% 100% In favor of Custom Union with Russia

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PREDICTION 2
there will be a return to the foundations of visualization
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What are the features that dene a great infographic or data visualization?

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1. Truthful! 2. Functional! 3. Beautiful! 4. Insightful! 5. Enlightening


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1. Truthful! 2. Functional! 3. Beautiful! 4. Insightful! 5. Enlightening


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1. Truthful! 2. Functional! 3. Beautiful! 4. Insightful! 5. Enlightening


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1. Truthful! 2. Functional! 3. Beautiful! 4. Insightful! 5. Enlightening


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1. Truthful! 2. Functional! 3. Beautiful! 4. Insightful! 5. Enlightening


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"We need to fear the consequences of our work more than we love the cleverness of our ideas.
Mike Monteiro - How Designers Destroyed the World http://t.co/Kfegq3ldj6

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The great innovator - William Playfair

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Playfair
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/sports/2014-olympics/winter-vs-summer-olympics/

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PREDICTION 3

we will embrace the idea that designers can encode their data more than once
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http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/07/31/business/20080801-metrics-graphic.html

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POCA magazine: http://revistaepoca.globo.com/Revista/Epoca/0,,EMI238256-17445,00.html


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http://50yearsofchange.com/ Made by graduate students of cartography - University of Wisconsin, Madison

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PREDICTION 4

designers will learn that writing is as important to visualization as the visuals or graphics themselves
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Fischer, Eric - Language Communities of Twitter

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/16/health/uganda-ghts-stigma-and-poverty-to-take-on-breast-cancer.html?_r=0#g-graphic Alberto Cairo University of Miami www.thefunctionalart.com Twitter: @albertocairo

PREDICTION 5

data-driven motion graphics will be everywhere

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Robert B. Reichs Inequality for All


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9REdcxe3M

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Hans Rosling, www.gapminder.org


http://www.gapminder.org/videos/200-years-that-changed-the-world-bbc/

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PREDICTION 6

news visualization designers will assume that becoming procient at using technologies is not a goal in itself
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http://graphics.wsj.com/health-care-explorer
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Our rst responsibility is towards the planet, humankind, citizens, and only after that towards clients and employers or even towards your artsy inner world. You must be a creator of devices that make this Earth a better place before you can even think of becoming a ne artist.
http://www.thefunctionalart.com/2014/02/against-irresponsible-design-and-blind.html

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THANK YOU

THANK YOU
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