Data Viz Today
By Alli Torban
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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!
||Clean30: [Mini] How to Use Help Desk Tactics to Build More Useful Visualizations||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...||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29: 3 Essential Steps To Finding Your Unique Style - Featured Data Visualization by Federica Fragapane||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,...||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28: How to Build a Connection With Your Data Through Original Visualization - Featured Data Visualization by Sonja Kuijpers||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...||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27: [Mini] 3 Things I’ll Try To Do Better After Reading Tufte’s Book||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"...||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: How to Develop Your Design Eye & Transform Your Work - Featured Data Visualization by Jane Pong||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...||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: How to Design a More Inviting Data Viz - Featured Data Visualization by Sarah Bartlett||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...||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: [Mini] 3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Viz for Free||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...||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: How to Visualize Streaks for Pattern Analysis and Perspective - Featured Data Visualization by Frank Elavsky||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...||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: [Mini] How My Design Process Has Improved Since Episode #1||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...||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: How to Gain Insights by Identifying Intervals in Your Line Chart - Featured Data Visualization by Ben Jones||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...||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: How to Use Isochrone Maps for Art or Advanced Analysis - Featured Data Visualization by Topi Tjukanov||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...||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: [Mini] How to See Your Data Viz With Fresh Eyes||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||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: How to Start a Passion Project That Hones Your Skills & Opens New Doors - Featured Data Visualization by Amy Cesal||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...||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: 3 Ways to Amp-Up Your Scatter Plot! Featured Data Visualization by Maarten Lambrechts||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||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: How to Persuade & Set Goals Using Simulations - Featured Data Visualization by Gabrielle LaMarr LeMee||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...||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: 3 Things I Learned From The Economist Data Team - Featured Data Visualization by The Economist Data Team||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...||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: How to Use Visual Metaphor to Evoke Emotion - Featured Data Visualization by Valentina D'Efilippo||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,...||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: How to Enhance Your Portfolio with Maps - Featured Data Visualization by Hyemi Song||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...||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: How to Encourage Exploration Without Interactivity - Featured Data Visualization by Krisztina Szucs||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...||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: How to Make Your Sports Viz Appeal to a Wider Audience - Featured Data Visualization by Ben Matheson||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...||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: How to Win Client Buy-In for Your Designs - Featured Data Visualizations by Pooja Gandhi & Adam Crahen||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...||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean09: How to Humanize Your Data Viz - Featured Data Visualization by Rodrigo Menegat & Vinicius Sueiro||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...||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean08: How to Dare to Use a Radar Chart - Featured Data Visualization by Zak Geis||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...||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean07: How to Annotate Like a Boss! Featured Data Visualization by Susie Lu||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...||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean06: How to Create an Engaging Data Viz - Featured Data Visualization by Jim Vallandingham||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...||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean05: How to Take Inspiration from Art - Featured Data Visualization by Guney Soykan||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..||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean04: How to Find Answers in Survey Results - Featured Data Visualization by Shirley Wu||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...||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03: How to Tell a Story Through Movement - Featured Data Visualization by Pierre Massat||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...||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02: How to Find & Represent Seasonality in Data - Featured Data Visualization by Nadieh Bremer & Zan Armstrong||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...||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01: How to Achieve Your Data Viz Goals - Featured Data Visualization by Lisa Charlotte Rost||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...||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean00: Introduction to Data Viz Today!||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||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Compelling podcast with great info!
The Data Viz Today podcast is enjoyable to listen to and has great advice so far. I don’t work in data visualization specifically, but I do have to present data in my job as an electrical engineer. It’s common in my workplace for data to be haphazardly shoved into Excel and presented with little to no context. Just one episode in, Alli’s advice has already helped me improve how I present my data at work! This podcast has great potential and I’m excited for future episodes.
How to Achieve Your Data Viz Goals
I just enjoyed Alli's recent interview with Lisa Charlotte Rost about achieving your data viz goals. This 2 times a week show is designed to offer tools, experiences and stragegies to help anyone looking to inspire change by visualizing data. Well done and wish you great success Alli!
I can see clearly now!
These days we're awash in data but a bit dry on insights - our brains are wired for visuals more than numbers, so if you can present and interpret data more visually you'll be on the fast lane for success in this data-driven world!