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Data visualization: Learn to Speak the Language of Business

Innovation Fridays 9th

Speaker : Kevin Maher

This was the ninth installment of Coderbunker’s Innovation Fridays series. Our speaker Kevin Maher who works as an information designer, provided the audience with fresh insights into data visualization and information design.

When addressing the impact of data visualization, Kevin used a concrete example of a British nurse who used data visualization to present the number of people dying of diseases in India . “She was also a data scientist who convinced the Queen of England and the british parliament to carry out reform, ”he said. “ If data visualization is presented well in an attractive and interesting way, it can change the world.”

“How you present your data visualization is really important,” Kevin then talked about the two orientations in making data visualization--- contextual awareness and design execution. In other words, people who focus on conveying information and designing elegant graphics. He also stressed that to put too much efforts on the design could be a danger, as the design might be less objective.

When it comes to the real practice, audiences are given two topics and split into four groups to discuss. Group 1 and group 2 are required to “ persuade the president of the United States that because of increased automation there should be an universal basic income.” Group 3 and 4 are given the task to “ use data visualization to persuade the world leaders to colonize the mars instead of the moon”.

Kevin was giving suggestions to group 4

Here are the works of our audiences. Which groups do you think could successfully convince Mr. Trump and the world leaders?

Topic 1 :

Persuade the president of the United States that because of increased automation there should be an universal basic income

Group 1

Group 2

Topic 2:

Use data visualization to persuade the world leaders to colonize the mars instead of the moon

Group 3

Group 4

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