Podcast

Data Stories

A podcast on data and how it affects our lives — with Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner

Episodes

  • 138  |  Turning Data into Sound with Hannah Davis

    Apr 18 2019

    Download: MP3 Audio46 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio36 MB [Our podcast is fully listener-supported. That’s why you don’t have to listen to ads! Please consider becoming a supporter on Patreon or sending us a one-time donation through Paypal. And thank you!] How do you represent data with sound instead of graphical properties? Is it even possible? It turns out that it’s not only possible, but there i...more

  • 137  |  Visualizing Earth with Cameron Beccario

    Mar 28 2019

    Download: MP3 Audio33 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio26 MB [There are no ads on Data Stories because we’re listener-supported; please consider contributing to the show! Oh…and now Data Stories is on Instagram!] Today we are joined by Cameron Beccario who created the immensely impressive Earth visualization — a beautiful, geeky, mesmerizing look at the small blue marble we call home. On the show Cameron tells us ...more

  • 136  |  Simulated Dendrochronology of U.S. Immigration with Pedro Cruz and John Wihbey

    Mar 07 2019

    Download: MP3 Audio36 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio28 MB [There are no ads on Data Stories because we’re listener-supported; please consider contributing to the show! Oh…and now Data Stories is on Instagram!] We have Pedro Cruz and John Wihbey on the show to talk about their beautiful project, the Simulated Dendrochronology of U.S. Immigration. There are many ways that immigration can be represente...more

  • 135  |  The "Dashboard Conspiracy" with Lyn Bartram and Alper Sarikaya

    Feb 12 2019

    Download: MP3 Audio41 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio32 MB [Our podcast is fully supported by our listeners. Please consider becoming a supporter on Patreon or sending us a one-time donation through Paypal. And thanks!] Oh dashboards… dashboards… what are they? For some, they are just ugly examples of bad visualization design (speed dials anyone?). For others, they are a first citizen of the data visua...more

  • 134  |  Visualizing Uncertainty with Jessica Hullman and Matthew Kay

    Jan 19 2019

    Download: MP3 Audio51 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio40 MB [Our podcast is fully supported by our listeners. Please consider becoming a supporter on Patreon or sending us a one-time donation through Paypal. Thanks!] What is uncertainty? Why is it important to take it into account when designing data visualizations? And how do you actually do so? We explore these and other questions with Jessica Hullman of Northwestern Univer...more

  • 133  |  Year Review 2018

    Dec 19 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio92 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio71 MB [Thinking of gift-giving this holiday season? Consider a gift to Data Stories! You can join our growing community of Patreons or make a one-time donation to us on Paypal.] Here we go! Another year has passed and lots has happened in the data visualization world. This time we decided to scramble things up again with a new annual review format: five podcasters (includi...more

  • 132  |  A New Generation of DataViz Tools

    Dec 06 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio42 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio33 MB [Thinking of gift-giving this holiday season? Consider a gift to Data Stories! You can join our growing community of Patreons or make a one-time donation to us on Paypal.] We have data visualization freelancer and old friend-of-the-podcast Andy Kirk with us to talk about a new generation of data viz tools. You may not have noticed yet, but there are a quite a few nic...more

  • 131  |  Peak Spotting

    Nov 21 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio37 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio29 MB [Thinking of gift-giving this holiday season? Consider a gift to Data Stories! You can join our growing community of Patreons or make a one-time donation to us on Paypal.] “Would you define this as a dashboard?” The question provoked quite a reaction! In this episode, we talk about Peak Spotting, a new data visualization tool designed to help capacity man...more

  • 130  |  Highlights from IEEE VIS 2018

    Nov 08 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio35 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio28 MB [If you benefit from Data Stories, consider becoming a supporter on Patreon or making a one-time donation to us on Paypal. We fully depend on listener support to keep the show running!] It was a great week in Berlin! Info+ and IEEE VIS took place at the same time and both Enrico and Moritz were there to document the conferences. We also organized a super fun Data Sto...more

  • 129  |  Views of the World with Robert Simmon

    Oct 25 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio48 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio37 MB [Our podcast is fully listener-supported, which means that it’s actually your podcast! Please consider making a contribution on Patreon or sending us a one-time donation through Paypal. Help us to stay ad-free!] This week we have Robert Simmon on the show to discuss satellite imagery. Robert is a data visualization engineer at Planet Labs, where he creates vis...more

  • 128  |  Visual Perception and Visualization with Steve Haroz

    Oct 09 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio41 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio32 MB [Please remember that Data Stories is fully listener-supported! Please consider contributing to the show on Patreon or sending us a one-time donation through Paypal. Every dollar is appreciated!] We have Steve Haroz on the show to talk about visual perception in visualization. Steve is a research scientist at Saclay, France near Paris (AVIZ) where he studies how R...more

  • 127  |  Storytelling with Data with Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

    Sep 26 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio32 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio26 MB [If you enjoy listening to our show, please consider supporting us on Patreon or sending us a one-time donation through Paypal. Data Stories runs thanks to your financial support!] We have Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic on the show to talk about her work in visual storytelling. Cole is an educator, blogger, freelancer and author of Storytelling with Data, a successful data...more

  • 126  |  FlowingData with Nathan Yau

    Sep 12 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio35 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio27 MB [If you enjoy listening to our show, please consider supporting us on Patreon or sending us a one-time donation through Paypal. Data Stories runs thanks to your financial support!] We have Nathan Yau with us on the show to talk about his mythical FlowingData blog. Nathan was one of the first people to write a blog about data and visualization, and he is one of the ve...more

  • 125  |  Researching the Boundaries of InfoVis with Sheelagh Carpendale

    Aug 08 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio32 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio26 MB [If you like what we do, please consider supporting us on Patreon or sending us a one-time donation through Paypal. Data Stories runs thanks to your financial support. Thx!] Sheelagh Carpendale is Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary, where she leads the Innovations in Visualization (InnoVis) research group. Sheelagh is one of...more

  • 124  |  Xenographics with Maarten Lambrechts

    Jul 18 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio35 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio28 MB [If you like what we do, please consider supporting us on Patreon or sending us a one-time donation through Paypal. Data Stories runs thanks to your financial support!] Most often in data visualization we depend on traditional charts, but occasionally we stumble onto something new, maybe even something weird: something that is interesting and beautiful. How many char...more

  • 123  |  Touch Graphics with Steve Landau

    Jul 03 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio32 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio25 MB [If you like what we do, please consider supporting us on Patreon or sending us a one-time donation through Paypal. Data Stories runs thanks to your financial support!] As creators of data visualization, it is important for us to remember that many of our platforms are not accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. What can we do to help non-sighted peo...more

  • 122  |  Visualizing Climate Change Scenarios with Boris Müller

    Jun 20 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio31 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio24 MB Data Stories runs thanks to the help of our listeners. Please consider supporting us on Patreon or sending us a one-time donation through Paypal. And thanks so much for your support! This week, we have Prof. Boris Müller from FH Potsdam on the show! Moritz and Boris discuss the SENSES research project, which visualizes climate change scenarios. They also talk gener...more

  • 121  |  Declarative Visualization with Vega-Lite and Altair with Dominik Moritz, Jacob Vanderplas, Kanit “Ham” Wongsuphasawat

    Jun 06 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio33 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio26 MB [Data Stories runs thanks to the help of our listeners. Please consider supporting us on Patreon or sending us a one-time donation through Paypal. And thanks so much for your support!] We have Dominik Moritz, Jacob Vanderplas, and Kanit “Ham” Wongsuphasawat on the show to talk about Vega-Lite and Altair. Dominik and Ham are PhD students at the Interactive Data Lab a...more

  • 120  |  Data Science and Visualization with David Robinson

    May 23 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio36 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio28 MB [Data Stories runs thanks to the help of our listeners. Please consider supporting us on Patreon or sending us a one-time donation through Paypal. And thanks so much for your support!] This week we have David Robinson on the show to talk about data science, in particular the role of data visualization in data science. David is Chief Scientist at Data Camp and author ...more

  • 119  |  Color with Karen Schloss

    Apr 27 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio50 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio39 MB [This podcast is fully supported by our listeners. If you enjoy listening to Data Stories, consider supporting us on Patreon. And now we also accept one-time donations through Paypal: just use this link. Thanks so much for your support!] In this episode we have Karen Schloss on the show to talk about color. Yes, color! Karen is Assistant Professor at the University ...more

  • 118  |  Making Data Visual with Miriah Meyer and Danyel Fisher

    Apr 12 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio31 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio25 MB [This podcast is fully supported by our listeners. If you enjoy listening to Data Stories, consider supporting us on Patreon. And now we also accept one-time donations through Paypal: just use this link. Thanks so much for your support!]   This week we have Miriah Meyer (University of Utah) and Danyel Fisher (Microsoft Research) on the show to talk about their...more

  • 117  |  Datawrapper with Lisa C. Rost and Gregor Aisch

    Mar 21 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio39 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio30 MB [This podcast is fully supported by our listeners. If you enjoy listening to Data Stories, consider supporting us on Patreon!] We have Lisa C. Rost and Gregor Aisch on the show to talk about the exciting work they are doing at Datawrapper. Lisa and Gregor have recently joined the company in Berlin, coming from various experiences in data journalism in the US. Lisa ...more

  • 116  |  Cognitive Bias and Visualization with Evanthia Dimara

    Mar 06 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio39 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio30 MB [This podcast is fully supported by our listeners. If you enjoy listening to Data Stories, consider supporting us on Patreon!] We have Evanthia Dimara on the show to talk about cognitive bias and the role it plays in visualization. Evanthia has a PhD from INRIA and is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR) in Paris...more

  • 115  |  Human-Driven Machine Learning with Saleema Amershi

    Feb 20 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio35 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio28 MB [This podcast is fully supported by our listeners. If you enjoy listening to Data Stories, consider supporting us on Patreon!] How should we interact with machine learning? Is there a way to better understand what machine learning systems do and how? What role can visualization play in machine learning? These are some of the questions we discuss with Saleema Amershi...more

  • 114  |  Machine Learning for Artists with Gene Kogan

    Jan 31 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio34 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio27 MB         [This podcast is fully supported by our listeners. If you enjoy listening to Data Stories, consider supporting us on Patreon!] If you haven’t heard talk about machine learning (ML) lately, you must be living under a rock! For our part, we have finally managed to record a whole episode on the use of ML for art and visualization. Arti...more

  • 113  |  What Makes A Visualization Memorable? with Michelle Borkin

    Jan 17 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio41 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio32 MB It’s a whole new year! Consider supporting Data Stories on Patreon! Michelle Borkin is Assistant Professor at Northeastern University where she studies the use of visualization in science research, in particular how it impacts human perception and cognition. On the show we talk about how the data viz community can better support the work of scientists, her popu...more

  • 112  |  Data Pottery with Alice Thudt

    Jan 03 2018

    Download: MP3 Audio29 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio22 MB There are infinite ways to represent data. Here’s one of the more creative ones: Alice Thudt makes pottery — such as cups, plates, or teapots — that show data! Her project Life in Clay started off as a twist on a hobby, and has since become part of her PhD research on personal data visualization. In our conversation with Alice, we learn all about what it takes...more

  • 111  |  Data Vis Around The World in 2017

    Dec 22 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio92 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio71 MB If you enjoy listening to Data Stories, consider becoming a supporter on Patreon. Thanks! We are at the end of yet another full year, folks! And once again we have decided to go around the world to see what has happened in vis in a whole range of countries. It’s been a long journey. This year we have, Spe Chen from Beijing, China; Pia Faustino from Manila, Philippines; Pi...more

  • 110  |  What's Going On In This Graph? with Michael Gonchar and Sharon Hessney

    Dec 06 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio31 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio24 MB On the show this week we have  Michael Gonchar of the New York Times Learning Network and Sharon Hessney of the American Statistical Association to talk about the New York Times’s project, “What’s Going On In This Graph?” The project aims to improve students’ visual literacy by analyzing a specific chart and participating in online disc...more

  • 109  |  Feminist Data Visualization with Catherine D’Ignazio

    Nov 23 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio47 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio37 MB [If you enjoy Data Stories, consider supporting us on Patreon. The show is now fully funded by our listeners!] We have Catherine D’Ignazio on the show this week to talk about feminist data visualization. Catherine is Assistant Professor of Data Visualization and Civic Media at Emerson College, where she works across art, design, science and research. On the sh...more

  • 108  |  Review of IEEE VIS’17 with Jessica Hullman and Robert Kosara

    Nov 08 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio48 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio38 MB [Like Data Stories? Consider supporting us on Patreon!]         We have Jessica Hullman from the University of Washington and Robert Kosara from Tableau Software on the show this week to share highlights from the IEEE VIS 2017 conference, which took place in Phoenix, Arizona in early October. On the show, we discuss a number of interesting paper...more

  • 107  |  Visualizing Bitcoin with Dan McGinn

    Oct 24 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio36 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio28 MB [Help us run the show by supporting us on Patreon!] This episode we have Dan McGinn from Imperial College in London on the show to talk about visualizing Bitcoin data. Dan and his colleagues have developed real-time visualizations of transactions in the “blockchain,” the public ledger used by Bitcoin to create and document transactions. The visualizations...more

  • 106  |  Data Sculptures with Adrien Segal

    Sep 20 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio55 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio43 MB In this episode, we have artist and sculptor Adrien Segal on the show to talk about her beautiful, thoughtful, and engaging data sculptures. Adrien is based in Oakland, California. Her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums around the world. On the show, we talk about some her great artwork, including Tidal Datum, which depicts tidal charts ...more

  • 105  |  Data Visualization at Twitter with Krist Wongsuphasawat

    Sep 04 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio43 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio33 MB [Help us run the show by supporting us on Patreon!] This week we have Krist Wongsuphasawat on Data Stories to talk about visualization projects at Twitter. Krist has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, where he worked with Ben Shneiderman. Most recently, he has been a Data Visualization Scientist at Twitter since 2012. On the show, Krist des...more

  • 104  |  Visualization Literacy in Elementary School with Basak Alper and Nathalie Riche

    Aug 18 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio39 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio31 MB [If you enjoy our show, consider supporting us on Patreon! You pay the amount of one or two lattes for each episode we publish every two weeks.] In our latest episode, we talk about “C’est La Vis,” a research project developed to teach visualization at the elementary school level. We have two of the project researchers on the show, Basak Alper from ...more

  • 103  |  Explorable Explanations with Nicky Case

    Aug 03 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio58 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio45 MB [If you enjoy our show, please consider supporting us on Patreon! For the price of one or two lattes per episode, which we publish every two weeks, you can help make sure that Data Stories keeps getting made!] This week we have Nicky Case on the show to talk about “explorable explanations,” interactive simulations that help people understand complex ideas...more

  • 102  |  Understanding Comics and Visual Storytelling with Scott McCloud

    Jul 17 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio36 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio28 MB *** SUPPORT US ON PATREON! If you enjoy our show, consider supporting us on Patreon! You can contribute just the cost of one or two lattes for each episode we publish every two weeks. *** In this episode we have famous cartoonist and comics theorist Scott McCloud. Scott wrote the popular books Understanding Comics (1993), Reinventing Comics (2000), and Making Comics ...more

  • 101  |  Surprise Maps with Michael Correll and Jeff Heer

    Jun 30 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio21 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio17 MB [If you enjoy the show, consider supporting us on Patreon! You pay a small fee for each episode we publish.] In this episode, we have Michael Correll and Jeff Heer from the University of Washington to talk about a novel visualization technique they developed called “Surprise Maps”: a new kind of map which visualizes what is most surprising in a dataset....more

  • 100  |  Data Stories 100!!!

    Jun 15 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio94 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio73 MB It seems almost impossible right?! And yet, here we are with our 100th episode! Data Stories has been around for more than five years and now we mark this big milestone. This is a good opportunity to thank all of you for listening to us and for supporting us with your comments, ideas and suggestions. It is also a good opportunity to thank all of our guests for making...more

  • 099  |  Data Visualization at Capital One with Kim Rees and Steph Hay

    Jun 02 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio45 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio35 MB In this episode we are joined by Kim Rees and Steph Hay of Capital One. You may have heard the big news that Capital One recently decided to hire Kim Rees (formerly of Periscopic) as their Head of Data Visualization. It’s great to see such a big company hire a high caliber data viz professional like Kim and create a position with this name. Things seems to be m...more

  • 098  |  Data Sketches with Nadieh Bremer and Shirley Wu

    May 17 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio40 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio31 MB In this episode Moritz meets Nadieh Bremer and Shirley Wu for a face-to-face episode in Berlin. Nadieh and Shirley recently paired up to create Data Sketches, a twelve-month collaboration. Each month they choose a topic and develop a visualization on their theme. One nice aspect of the project is that they keep track of their entire development process, including the...more

  • 097  |  Calling Bullshit with Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West

    May 02 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio39 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio30 MB In this episode we have Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West, two professors at the University of Washington, who talk about a fantastic new course they have designed called “Calling Bullshit“. The course aims to teach students what bullshit is, how to spot it, and how to deal with it. Needless to say, it’s timely. It’s also gotten a lot of attention...more

  • 096  |  Innovation from Research with Jarke Van Wijk

    Apr 20 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio52 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio41 MB We have Jarke Van Wijk on the show this week. Jarke is a professor of visualization in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology and an important historical figure (shall we say legend?) in visualization research. Many amazing innovative techniques have been developed in his lab, including the widely adopted squarified ...more

  • 095  |  Challenges of Being a Vis Professional in Industry with Elijah Meeks

    Apr 06 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio49 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio38 MB This week, we have Elijah Meeks on the show to talk about the state of data visualization jobs in the industry. Elijah sparked a recent debate with the following Twitter message: “Most people in #Datavisualization end up transitioning into data sci/eng or UI because there’s something wrong with the state of dataviz.” His tweet struck an interesting ...more

  • 094  |  Uncertainty and Trumpery with Alberto Cairo

    Mar 21 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio58 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio45 MB [Hey friends, help us fund the show by donating to Data Stories on Patreon! We’re counting on you to switch to a crowdfunding model. Please visit our Patreon page for more details: https://www.patreon.com/datastories.] In this episode, we have Alberto Cairo from the University of Miami on the show to talk about his newly announced lecture series on “Trump...more

  • 093  |  OddityViz with Valentina D’Efilippo and Miriam Quick

    Mar 10 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio37 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio29 MB We have designer Valentina D’Efilippo and researcher Miriam Quick on the show to talk about their recent project OddityViz, a series of data visualizations of “Space Oddity,” the famous David Bowie song. Valentina and Miriam deconstructed “Space Oddity” into multiple data sets to capture different aspects of the song: its narrative, rhythm, ...more

  • 092  |  A Tribute to Hans Rosling

    Feb 27 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio39 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio30 MB             As you may have heard, Hans Rosling passed away on February 7, 2017. We are deeply saddened by this loss and, in remembering Rosling, we thought a tribute to him was due. The impact Rosling had on visualization and statistical communication is huge; he has left a very big legacy. In this special episode, we asked five renown...more

  • 091  |  Visualizing Data with RAW

    Feb 07 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio29 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio23 MB [Help us become a crowdfunded podcast! Go to our Patreon homepage to become a Data Stories patron. Pledging starts at $3 per episode. And thanks!] In this episode we have on a nice trio of Italian visualizers — Michele Mauri (Density Design), Giorgio Uboldi (Calibro), and Giorgio Caviglia (Trifacta) — to talk about RAW, the data visualization tool they bu...more

  • 090  |  Beyond the Chart with Brendan Dawes

    Jan 15 2017

    Download: MP3 Audio50 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio39 MB Hey folks, we are back! Before delving into this episode’s content, we have a special announcement: we started a crowdfunding campaign to turn Data Stories into a show that is fully-funded by our listeners! You can support us by visiting our Patreon page, and all the details of the initiative can be found here. For our first episode of 2017 we had a very delig...more

  • 089  |  Data Vis Around the World in 2016

    Dec 22 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio87 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio68 MB Hey everyone! For the end of the year we decided to experiment with a new, very special kind of episode. We asked 6 different visualization experts from 6 different countries (and 5 different continents!) to tell us what happened this year in the data visualization space on their side of the world. We virtually traveled very far! On the podcast, we have Krisztina Sz...more

  • 088  |  Re-designing Visualizations on #MakeoverMonday with Andy Kriebel and Andy Cotgreave

    Dec 06 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio39 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio30 MB On the show this week, we have Andy Kriebel, Head Coach at The Information Lab, and Andy Cotgreave, Technical Evangelist at Tableau, to talk about their lovely social web series, #MakeoverMonday. This is how #MakeoverMonday works, according to Andy and Andy: “Each week we post a link to a chart, and its data, and then you rework the chart. Maybe you retell the ...more

  • 087  |  VizKidz: Books on Data Visualization for Kids

    Nov 23 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio23 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio18 MB Hey, we talk about a super lovely project on the show today! Book illustrator and product designer Abigail Ricarte and data journalist Liv Buli join us to talk about their Kickstarter project, VizKidz, an illustrated book series designed to teach kids about data visualization. The series features four lovely characters: Penelope Pie, Laney Line, Barnaby Bar, and Bert...more

  • 086  |  Highlights from IEEE VIS'16 with Jessica Hullman and Robert Kosara

    Nov 11 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio65 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio51 MB In this episode, Jessica Hullman and Robert Kosara join Enrico at IEEE VIS’16 to discuss highlights from the conference, including noteworthy presentations, papers, panels, workshops, and overall major trends. (From Robert Kosara’s talk “Empire built on sand”) (From Best Paper recipient, Vega-Lite)   (From presentation, TextTile) (Fr...more

  • 085  |  Machine Bias with Jeff Larson

    Oct 20 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio45 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio35 MB ProPublica – Jeff Larsonhttp://www.propublica.org On the show this week we have Jeff Larson, Data Editor at ProPublica, to talk about his team’s recent work on “Machine Bias“. Jeff and his colleagues have analyzed the automated scoring decisions made by COMPAS, one of the systems American judges use to assess the likelihood that a convicted cr...more

  • 084  |  Statistical Numbing with Paul Slovic

    Oct 06 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio52 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio41 MB We have Professor Paul Slovic from University of Oregon on the show to talk about “Statistical Numbing.” Professor Slovic is a renowned expert on the effect of numbers and statistics on empathy (or lack thereof). His fascinating, if not depressing, experiments have consistently shown how hard it is for statistics to elicit any sense of scale in human trag...more

  • 083  |  Olympic Feathers with Nadieh Bremer

    Sep 22 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio28 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio22 MB We have Nadieh Bremer (a.k.a Visual Cinnamon) on the show to talk about her latest project, Olympic Feathers, an interactive data visualization that shows the history of olympic medals from 1896 until today. The graphics depict how medals have been distributed by discipline, country, gender and geography, and also provides interesting insights into the evolution of O...more

  • 082  |  Information+ Conference Review

    Sep 08 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio48 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio37 MB Hey! Welcome back from summer vacation! We start the new season with an experiment. In this episode, we review three talks that were given at the Information Plus Conference. The Conference took place from June 16 -18 in Vancouver, Canada, and featured a whole array of amazing speakers. For our review we selected three talks: Catherine D’Ignazio on “Crea...more

  • 081  |  The Hustle with Mahir Yavuz and Jan Willem Tulp

    Aug 25 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio47 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio36 MB This week we have Mahir Yavuz and Jan Willem Tulp on the show to talk about navigating the business side of data visualization. Mahir is Creative Director of Data Science and Visualization at R/GA and Jan Willem is a data visualization freelancer and founder of Tulp Interactive. “How do you choose which projects to work on? How do you actually get paid for the...more

  • 080  |  Indexical Visualization with Dietmar Offenhuber

    Aug 10 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio37 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio29 MB We have Dietmar Offenhuber, Assistant Professor at Northeastern University, on the show again to talk about “Indexical Visualizations”: visualizations that reduce the gap between the recorded phenomenon and its representation. In Dietmar’s words: “If we understand ‘data’ as a collection of symbolically encoded observations, could we think of a display that con...more

  • 079  |  Information Design with Isabel Meirelles

    Jul 27 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio49 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio38 MB Isabel Meirelles is Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of Design for Information, a lovely data visualization book featuring pages of beautiful illustrations and loads of data visualization science. On the show we talk about how Isabel came to write the book, how she designed its content and structure, and how it is now b...more

  • 078  |  Mimi Onuoha on Visualizing People's Lives through Mobile Data

    Jul 14 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio24 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio18 MB This week Mimi Onuoha joins Moritz on the show for a project episode from the Eyeo Festival. Mimi is a Brooklyn-based artist and researcher, and currently a Fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute. Mimi is fascinated by the moment when data get collected — by what can be captured in that moment, and what goes unseen. As a Fulbright-National Geograph...more

  • 077  |  Polygraph and The Journalist Engineer Matt Daniels

    Jul 01 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio48 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio37 MB We have Matt Daniels on the show, the “journalist engineer” behind Polygraph, a blog featuring beautiful journalistic pieces based on data. If you are not familiar with the site, stop now and take a look. Matt starts with a simple question — for example, what songs from the ’90s are still popular? — and tries to answer it through data an...more

  • 076  |  Bocoup and OpenVis Conference

    Jun 15 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio51 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio39 MB   On the show this week we have Irene Ros, Jim Vallandingham, and Yannick Assogba from the data visualization team of Bocoup. We talk about how they collaborate with other groups to create open-source data visualization software. We also talk about OpenVis Conference, the successful and innovative visualization event they organize each year, as well as the cool visu...more

  • 075  |  Listening to Data From Space with Scott Hughes

    Jun 01 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio53 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio41 MB Dear friends, we are really excited to publish our first “data sonification” episode ever! After many years of searching for the right person, subject and format, we are happy to publish this fantastic episode with Scott Hughes from MIT. Scott is an astrophysicist and a key figure at LIGO, the laser interferometer project that finally allowed scientists ...more

  • 074  |  Data Ethics and Privacy with Eleanor Saitta

    May 18 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio46 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio35 MB We have Eleanor Saitta on the show to talk about data privacy. Eleanor is “a hacker, designer, artist, writer, and barbarian.” She is also Etsy’s new Security Architect. During our chat we discuss the fine line between the excitement of being able to work with great data sets and the many — oftentimes unexpected — privacy risks associated wit...more

  • 073  |  Kim Albrecht on Untangling Tennis and the Cosmic Web

    May 04 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio28 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio21 MB Kim is a visualization researcher and information designer. He currently works at the Center for Complex Network Research, the lab led by famous network physicist László Barabási. Kim works in a team of scientists to create effective and beautiful visualizations that explain complex scientific phenomena. In the show we focus on Untangling Tennis, a data visualization...more

  • 072  |  Jeff Heer on Merging Industry and Research with the Interactive Data Lab

    Apr 20 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio58 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio44 MB Jeff Heer is Associate Professor at the University of Washington where he leads the Interactive Data Lab (IDL). Jeff has worked on many visualization libraries and software programs, including Prefuse, Flare, Protovis and the widely adopted D3 (with his former PhD student Mike Bostock). Jeff is also the co-founder of Trifacta, a data analytics company focused on data...more

  • 071  |  Tapestry Conference Review with Robert Kosara

    Apr 06 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio28 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio21 MB Hey guys, this is a special edition from Tapestry, the conference on Data Storytelling that brings together visualization experts, journalists, designers, NGOs, academics, and more. Enrico sits down with Robert Kosara to recap the conference, especially the keynotes and some of the short story talks. Plus, Robert fills us in on how to participate in Tapestry conferen...more

  • 070  |  Rocket Science with Rachel Binx

    Mar 23 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio35 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio27 MB Hey, we talk about space and spacecrafts in this episode! We have Rachel Binx on the show to discuss her experience developing data visualization software for NASA JPL. NASA operators need to look at telemetry data coming from spacecrafts to make sense of what is happening in our skies. Super fascinating topic. On the show we talk about the project, the process for N...more

  • 069  |  Data Visualization Literacy with Jeremy Boy, Helen Kennedy and Andy Kirk

    Mar 09 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio45 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio35 MB We have a nice trio on the show for this episode: Jeremy Boy is a postdoctoral researcher at NYU School of Engineering, Helen Kennedy is Professor of Digital Society at University of Sheffield, and Andy Kirk is our beloved editor at visualisingdata.com. We talk with these three experts about Data Visualization Literacy — that is, how people read data visualiza...more

  • 068  |  Poemage: Data Visualization for Poets with Miriah Meyer and Nina McCurdy

    Feb 24 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio26 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio20 MB We have Miriah Meyer (Assistant Professor at Univ. of Utah) and Nina McCurdy (PhD student at Univ. of Utah) on Data Stories for a project episode about the lovely Poemage, “a visualization system for exploring the sonic topology of a poem.” Miriah and Nina worked hand-in-hand with a group of poets to design a tool that visualizes a poem and, as such, pro...more

  • 067  |  ggplot2, R, and data toolmaking with Hadley Wickham

    Feb 10 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio56 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio43 MB We have Hadley Wickham on the show, Chief Scientist at RStudio and Adjunct Professor of Statistics at Rice University and the University of Auckland. Hadley created a number of hugely popular libraries for the R language, including ggplot2, which is used throughout the world to analyze and present data. On the show we talk about his creative process to develop ggplo...more

  • 066  |  "I Quant NY" Finding Surprising Stories in NYC Open Data with Ben Wellington

    Jan 15 2016

    Download: MP3 Audio37 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio29 MB Happy New Year everyone, we are back! In this episode we talk with Ben Wellington about his blog I Quant NY, where he writes about surprising facts he finds analyzing NYC open data. Some of his stories include how he discovered that “… Software in Half of NYC Cabs Generates $5.2 Million a Year in Extra Tips,” ideas on “How to Fix NYC’s No-Ca...more

  • 065  |  What Happened in Vis in 2015? Year Review with Andy Kirk and Robert Kosara

    Dec 20 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio70 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio54 MB Hey yo! Another turn of the year is approaching and we take some time to reflect with our classic guests Andy Kirk and Robert Kosara on what has happened in 2015: “What where the major trends? Big debates? Best visualizations? New tools? Etc.” We’ve even put our predictions in writing — you can read them in our transcript of this episode here...more

  • 064  |  "Dear Data" with Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec

    Nov 25 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio32 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio26 MB Hey folks, It’s time for another project-centric episode, and we finally talk about one of our favorite projects of the year — “Dear Data”  by the most fabulous tag team of data illustrators around: Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec. Their year-long project is about how “two women who switched continents get to know each other through the d...more

  • 063  |  IEEE VIS’15 Recap with Robert Kosara and Johanna Fulda

    Nov 13 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio64 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio50 MB In our latest episode, Enrico recaps the IEEE VIS’15 conference with Robert Kosara and Johanna Fulda, and we compare notes about conference projects and papers. Find the transcript here, and check out our long list of selected projects below with plenty of links and video previews! Data Stories is brought to you by Qlik, who allows you to explore the hidden relati...more

  • 062  |  Text Visualization: Past, Present and Future with Chris Collins

    Oct 29 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio60 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio46 MB We have Assistant Professor Chris Collins from University of Ontario Institute of Technology on the show to talk about text visualization. Chris explains what Text Vis is, provides examples from his and others’ work, describes tools and knowledge to get started, and looks into the future of the field, including its challenges and opportunities. And here’...more

  • 061  |  Visualizing Your "Google Search History" with Lisa Charlotte Rost

    Oct 12 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio24 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio20 MB — Hey, before we start, we ask you a favor: rate us on iTunes! This has a huge impact on how the show is ranked. To rate us on iTunes follow this link and then select “view in iTunes” (you need to have iTunes installed) and then click on “Ratings & Reviews”. You can also rate us directly from your Apple podcast player if you have on...more

  • 060  |  Upcoming DS Events and Some of Our Recent Projects

    Sep 24 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio64 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio49 MB Hey folks, we are back! We really hope you had a good summer. We start the new season with an “internal” episode. We give numerous updates on Data Stories. Things have changed recently — we have future ideas and two great events to get in touch with us! The Visualized Conference, taking place in New York on Oct 7-10, 2015, is going to host a Data S...more

  • 059  |  Behind the Scenes of "What's Really Warming The World?" with the Bloomberg Team

    Aug 21 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio41 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio32 MB “Different people, working for different institutions, in different countries, at different times, all come up with the same answer …” – Eric Roston, Bloomberg (talking about global warming) Hi folks! We have Blacki Migliozzi and Eric Roston from Bloomberg on the show to talk about their recent data graphic piece on climate change...more

  • 058  |  Data Installations w/ Domestic Data Streamers

    Jul 30 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio56 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio44 MB “I believe we are bored from being 8 to 10 hours everyday in front of the screen, so when we go out from the screen the real life happens and things get more and more interesting.” – Dani Llugany Pearson — Hey everyone, starting from this episode we will add images/photos of projects and ideas discussed on the show so that you no longer have ...more

  • 057  |  Visualizing Human Development w/ Max Roser

    Jul 08 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio60 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio47 MB We have economist Max Roser from University of Oxford to talk about his Our World in Data project where he visualizes the social, economic, and environmental history of humanity up to the present day. Our World in Data is a remarkable project that Max started on his own and worked on little by little in his spare time until it evolved into a full website with plenty ...more

  • 056  |  Amanda Cox on Working With R, NYT Projects, Favorite Data

    Jun 25 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio63 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio49 MB “I’d give two of my left fingers for this data” – Amanda Cox on the show We have the great Amanda Cox from the New York Times on the show this time! Amanda is a graphic editor at NYT and she is behind many of the amazing data graphics that the New York Times has produced in recent years. In the show we talk about her background in statistics and how she...more

  • 055  |  Disinformation Visualization w/ Mushon Zer-Aviv

    Jun 12 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio62 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio48 MB Hi everyone! We have designer and activist Mushon Zer-Aviv on the show today. Mushon is an NYU ITP graduate and instructor at Shenkar University, Israel. He wrote the very interesting Disinformation Visualization piece for Tactical Tech’s Visualizing Information for Advocacy and we decided to invite him to discuss the million different facets of disinformation ...more

  • 054  |  Designing Exploratory Data Visualization Tools w/ Miriah Meyer

    May 27 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio56 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio43 MB [This episode of Data Stories is sponsored by Tableau. You can download a free trial at http://tableau.com/datastories – check the new Tableau 9!] Hi all! We have Miriah Meyer with us in this episode to talk about how to build interactive data visualization tools for scientists and researchers. Miriah is Assistant Professor at University of Utah and one of the...more

  • 000  |

    May 08 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio1 B MPEG-4 AAC Audio1 B Hi Folks, great news … we are experimenting with a new format for Data Stories that includes … that includes … that includes … guess whaaaaaat? Video! After having heard many many times that it’s hard to imagine how a visualization looks like when we are talking about it, we have decided to experiment with a new format. This is for now just...more

  • 053  |  Data Safaris w/ Benedikt Groß

    Apr 24 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio59 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio46 MB [This episode of Data Stories is sponsored by Tableau. You can download a free trial at http://tableau.com/datastories  – check the new Tableau 9!] Hi folks! We have Benedikt Groß with us on the show. Benedikt defines himself as a “speculative and computational designer who works antidisciplinarily.” Benedikt graduated from the Design Interactions c...more

  • 052  |  Science Communication at SciAm w/ Jen Christiansen

    Apr 02 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio57 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio44 MB This episode of Data Stories is sponsored by Tableau. You can download a free trial at http://tableau.com/datastories. Hey yo, we have Jen Christiansen from Scientific American with us in DS#52. Jen is art director of information graphics at Scientific American magazine where she is been for about then years and she has a background in natural science illustratio...more

  • 051  |  Smart Cities w/ Dietmar Offenhuber

    Mar 19 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio64 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio50 MB We are now sponsored by Qlik. You can download it for free here. Hi Folks! We have another great guest on the show. Dietmar Offenhuber visits us to talk about smart cities and visualizing data coming from cities. Dietmar has an interesting background. He has a background in architecture with a Dipl. Ing. from the Technical University Vienna and then he got a MS i...more

  • 050  |  Happy Birthday Data Stories!

    Mar 06 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio34 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio27 MB We are now sponsored by Qlik. You can download it for free here. Ah! We made it to 50 episodes and three years of this lovely podcast of ours. We have loved every bit of it, every guest, every single discussion and all the support we received from everyone. For this episode we asked repeatedly to submit a short audio snippet or text and we received a few amazing o...more

  • 049  |  Data Journalism at ProPublica w/ Scott Klein

    Feb 27 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio63 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio49 MB We are now sponsored by Qlik. You can download it for free here Hi everyone, In this episode we have Scott Klein from ProPublica with us. ProPublica is a nonprofit organization that does investigative journalism and Scott directs a team of data journalists and programmers to create new applications based on data and data visualization. In the show we talk about ho...more

  • 048  |  Vis Going Mainstream w/ Stamen's CEO Eric Rodenbeck

    Feb 10 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio52 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio40 MB We are now sponsored by Qlik. You can download it for free here. Great episode here folks! We have Stamen‘s CEO Eric Rodenbeck on the show to talk about “Visualization Going Mainstream”. Moritz took inspiration from Eric’s Eyeo talk “And Then There Were Twelve – How to (keep) running a successful data visualization and design studio....more

  • 047  |  Moritz and Enrico on Books, Data Literacy, Their Projects, Etc.

    Jan 28 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio66 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio51 MB [We are now sponsored by Qlik. You can download it for free here] Hi Folks, This is some kind of new experiment: it’s just us, Enrico and Moritz, on the show. We talk about stuff we normally don’t have the opportunity to talk about when we have a guest. We feel it’s nice to have from time to time something different. We hope you like this new format...more

  • 046  |  Year 2014 Review w/ Robert Kosara and Andy Kirk

    Jan 21 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio78 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio60 MB Hey yo! We have two classic guests for a classic episode: a year review with Robert Kosara and Andy Kirk. We talk about what happened in visualization in 2014 and what may happen in 2015. We start the show saying that nothing really special happened, but then you’ll see we cover a lot of ground and end up eventually deciding that a lot did happen! You can see t...more

  • 045  |  Nicholas Felton

    Jan 03 2015

    Download: MP3 Audio52 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio40 MB Happy new year, everyone! We start 2015 with a bang, and have Nicholas Felton on the show. We talk about his personal annual reports, typography, privacy, and how we all deal with data and tracking today. Great conversation. One more link we only found later: Practical Typography is a great starting point for anyone who would like to learn more about typography and ...more

  • 044  |  Tamara Munzner

    Dec 22 2014

    Download: MP3 Audio72 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio55 MB Hi Folks! We have Prof. Tamara Munzner from University of British Columbia with us in this episode. Tamara is one of the most prominent figures in visualization research. She has done tons of interesting work starting from the nineties (look into her publications page) including the famous “Nested Model of Visualization Design” and her numerous design stu...more

  • 043  |  IEEE VIS'14

    Dec 18 2014

    Download: MP3 Audio66 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio51 MB It took us a while, but — here we go! A three part episode from IEEE VIS 2014. Thanks again to Robert Kosara for coming on our show again to talk shop, and look back on a week full of really interesting scientific findings about data visualization. The list below should make great reading for the holidays A big thanks also to our sponsor Tableau Software who continu...more

  • 042  |  Santiago Ortiz

    Nov 14 2014

    Download: MP3 Audio66 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio51 MB Hey folks we have some news: Now, for the first time, Data Stories has a sponsor. Tableau Software will be sponsoring a number of episodes starting with this one. You will hear the specifics in the audio but this is good news for everyone. The content will not change, but we will be able to create a higher-quality show. And, by the way, we will also be able to pay a ...more

  • 041  |  With Lisa Strausfeld

    Oct 18 2014

    Download: MP3 Audio62 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio48 MB Hi Folks! In this episode we have Lisa Strausfeld from Bloomberg with us. Lisa started doing VIS very early on. In the episode she tells us about her super interesting story of how she got into VIS and all the jobs she has had: starting as a student of Art and Computer Science (yes, Art and CS!), designing chips for Motorola, and now these days working at Bloomberg V...more

  • 040  |  Narrative Visualization Research w/ Jessica Hullman

    Sep 19 2014

    Download: MP3 Audio57 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio44 MB Hey yo! We are back! We have a very researchy kind of episode this time. Jessica Hullman is on the show to talk about her research on narrative visualization. Jessica is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Berkeley and soon to be Assistant Professor at University of Washington iSchool. In the show we talk about lots of interesting basic visualization research issues like visua...more

  • 039  |  DensityDesign w/ Paolo Ciuccarelli

    Aug 06 2014

    Download: MP3 Audio75 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio58 MB Hi there! We have been chasing Paolo for a while and eventually we managed to have him on the show. Paolo is Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano and he is the founder of Density Design, a lab with an interesting mix of research, design and visualization. With Paolo we talk about all things at the intersection of design and visualization, including a very int...more

  • 038  |  Visual Complexity w/ Manuel Lima

    Jul 02 2014

    Download: MP3 Audio63 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio49 MB Hi all, Finally, after chasing him for a long while we have Manuel Lima on the show! Manuel has been around for a very long time. He created Visual Complexity in 2005, an archive of network visualizations which became very popular. He is also the author of two great books: Visual Complexity and The Book of Trees. In the show we talk about archiving visualizations, ho...more

  • 037  |  The Challenge of Teaching Visualization w/ Scott Murray and Andy Kirk

    Jun 25 2014

    Download: MP3 Audio65 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio50 MB That’s a particularly tough but juicy episode folks! We turn a little bit inward and talk about the many challenges of teaching visualization. We have code artist Scott Murray on the show, the author of the lovely D3 book “Interactive Data Visualization for the Web” and our almost-cohost ever-present Andy Kirk with us from visualisingdata.com. Scott...more

  • 036  |  Data Art w/ Jer Thorp

    May 23 2014

    Download: MP3 Audio71 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio55 MB Hey yo … super cool guest today on Data Stories. We have data artist Jer Thorp for a whole episode on Data Art and Visualization. We managed to catch him before he leaves for a deep dive in a submarine next week. Jer is former artist in residence at New York Times R&D Labs and now he is the co-founder of the Office For Creative Research, a studio/lab that ...more

  • 035  |  Visual Storytelling w/ Alberto Cairo and Robert Kosara

    Apr 16 2014

    Download: MP3 Audio72 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio55 MB Hi all, Hot topic today! We invited Alberto Cairo and Robert Kosara to discuss the role of storytelling in visualization.  What is storytelling? Is all visualization storytelling? Should we always strive for telling a story? How does storytelling match with exploratory visualization? Should we aim more for worlds and macroscopes than stories as Moritz advocated a wh...more

  • 034  |  Data journalism w/ Simon Rogers

    Mar 24 2014

    Download: MP3 Audio45 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio35 MB [Thanks to our audio editor Nathan Griffiths (twitter.com/njgriffiths) for taking care of this episode] Hi everyone! After a long while … we have a real British voice on the show again! In this episode we have the pleasure to host data journalist Simon Rogers. Simon has been leading data journalism initiatives at The Guardian for many years and he recently move...more

  • 033  |  HelpMeViz w/ Jon Schwabish

    Mar 03 2014

    Download: MP3 Audio57 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio44 MB Hi Everyone! We have Jon Schwabish on the show in this episode. Jon is an economist who specializes in data visualization for politics and economics. You can see some of his work in the blog he writes called Policyviz. We invited him to talk about his recent new initiative called HelpMeViz, a web site where people can send requests to visualize some data of interest ...more

  • 032  |  High Density Infographics and Data Drawing w/ Giorgia Lupi

    Feb 18 2014

    Download: MP3 Audio53 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio41 MB Hi folks, We have Giorgia Lupi from Accurat on the show with us this time in our first real face-to-face episode ever — yes Moritz and Enrico in the same room! Giorgia’s work, and generally the work done by her agency, has been super popular lately. You might have seen, for instance, their work visualizing Nobel Prizes or visualizing painters’ live...more

  • 031  |  Review, preview w/ Robert Kosara and Andy Kirk

    Jan 24 2014

    Download: MP3 Audio73 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio56 MB Happy 2014! Here we go folks. Another year has passed. We review what was big and major trends in 2013 and what to expect in 2014. We have two old DS friends on the show to help us with the review: Andy “Visualisingdata” Kirk and Robert “Eagereyes” Kosara. Important announcement: in 2014 we want to hear more from you! Please feel free to conta...more

  • 030  |  The Information Flaneur w/ Marian Dörk

    Dec 10 2013

    Download: MP3 Audio57 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio44 MB Hi there, We have Marian Dörk on the show today to talk about the “Information Flaneur”: an approach to data visualization centered on navigating, exploring, browsing and observing data with curiosity to learn about what’s there, and to see and be surprised by new thoughts and discoveries. Marian is Research Professor at the University of Applied Sc...more

  • 029  |  Treemaps w/ Ben Shneiderman

    Nov 15 2013

    Download: MP3 Audio59 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio45 MB Hi Everyone, We have a super guest this time on the show! Ben Shneiderman joins us to talk about his new treemap art project (beautiful treemap prints you can hang on the wall), treemaps and their history, and information visualization in general. Needless to say, we had a wonderful time chatting with him: lots of history and very inspiring thoughts (tip: we should l...more

  • 028  |  IEEE VIS'13 Highlights w/ Robert Kosara

    Oct 28 2013

    Download: MP3 Audio45 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio34 MB Hi Folks! We did it again: we have a special episode directly from IEEE VIS’13 (the premier academic conference on visualization). Enrico caught Robert Kosara and recorded almost one hour of highlights from the conference. And there is a final message for Moritz too! Don’t miss it. Take care. — Links (some of the papers mentioned): Chart Memorabili...more

  • 027  |  Big Data Skepticism w/ Kate Crawford

    Oct 17 2013

    Download: MP3 Audio60 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio46 MB Here we go with another great episode. This time more on the data side. We have Kate Crawford, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, on the show talking about the other face of big data. That is, after all the excitement, hype, and buzz, she is the one who is asking the tough questions: Is more data always better? Is there any objective truth in it? Is big data...more

  • 026  |  Visualization Beyond the Desktop w/ Petra Isenberg

    Sep 09 2013

    Download: MP3 Audio54 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio42 MB Hi Folks! We are back after a relaxing summer with a brand new episode! We have Petra Isenberg, from the Aviz team at INRIA (we’ve had other guests from the same lab in the past) to talk about visualization on non-standard devices and environments. Yes, stuff like display walls, surfaces, tabletops, and people collaborating around them. It feels like the future...more

  • 025  |  Visualization on Mobile & Touch Devices w/ Dominikus Baur

    Jul 12 2013

    Download: MP3 Audio59 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio46 MB Hi Everyone, In this episode we talk about visualization on mobile and touch devices. How do you design visualization interfaces for these kinds of devices? How different is it to interact with your fingertips rather than with your mouse? Advantages, disadvantages, unexplored opportunities? We discuss with Dominukus Baur, interaction designer and mobile data visualiz...more

  • 024  |  The VAST Challenge: Visual Analytics Competitions with Synthetic Benchmark Data Sets

    Jun 19 2013

    Download: MP3 Audio64 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio49 MB Hi Everyone, In this episode we talk about the VAST Challenge, a visual analytics contest organized every year. The VAST Challenge is co-located with the IEEE VIS Conference, the premier venue for academic work in visualization. The VAST Challenge has many unique features (like the generation of synthetic data sets with injected ground truth) and this year for the fi...more

  • 023  |  Inspiration or Plagiarism? w/ Bryan Connor and Mahir Yavuz

    May 30 2013

    Download: MP3 Audio70 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio54 MB Hi Folks! In this episode we touch upon a tricky question: where is the fine line between taking inspiration from other projects and merely copying them? We discuss with Bryan Connor from The Why Axis and Mahir Yavuz from Seed Scientific. Note: We suggest you give a look to the links below (under the heading “Cases We Discuss in the Podcast”) before liste...more

  • 022  |  NYT Graphics and D3 with Mike Bostock and Shan Carter

    May 09 2013

    Download: MP3 Audio75 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio57 MB Hi everyone, We have graphic editors Mike Bostock and Shan Carter in this dense and long episode. It’s great to finally have someone from the New York Times! We talk about many practical and more philosophical aspects of publishing interactive visualizations on the web. We also spend quite some time discussing the past, present and future of D3.js. (On a side ...more

  • 021  |  Can visualization save the world? With Kim Rees and Jake Porway

    Apr 14 2013

    Download: MP3 Audio80 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio61 MB Hi all, We have two fantastic guests to talk about using visualization for the good. We actually decided to make it even bigger and provokingly titled it: can visualization save the world? We have on stage: Kim Rees co-founder of Periscopic, a data visualization company guided by the motto: “do good with data,” and Jake Porway, founder of Data Kind, an o...more

  • 020  |  On Maps. With Michal Migurski.

    Apr 03 2013

    Download: MP3 Audio59 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio45 MB Hi all, In this episode we talk about maps and map technology. How it evolved and revolutionized the way we think about geography. We have Michal Migurski with us! He is former technology head at Stamen and creator of multiple successful visualizations libraries and tools like Modest Maps and Crimespotting. Episode Chapters 00:00:00 Intro 00:03:06 Our guest: Mike Mig...more

  • 019  |  With Santiago Ortiz

    Mar 11 2013

    Download: MP3 Audio72 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio56 MB Hi Folks, We have Santiago Ortiz with us today. Santiago has an impressive array of data visualization projects he has been pouring out during the last year and a very unique style. See for yourself in his portfolio website: http://moebio.com/. We talk about the Tapestry Conference, mathematics, the business of data visualization and much much more. Enjoy it! Chapte...more

  • 018  |  Happy Birthday, Data Stories!

    Feb 19 2013

    Download: MP3 Audio41 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio32 MB What can we say? One year has passed and it looks crazy we have been doing this thing for a whole year: 18 whole episodes. Thanks a lot everyone for your encouragements and numerous comments and suggestions. And big thanks to all the people who participated! In this episode we review the whole set of posts and comment on them trying to see how they look like from a d...more

  • 017  |  Data Sculptures

    Jan 29 2013

    Download: MP3 Audio65 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio50 MB Hi, In this episode we talk about Data Sculptures, also known as Physical Visualization. We invite Pierre Dragicevic and Yvonne Jansen (from the Aviz Lab at INRIA in Paris) to talk about their experiments with physical bar charts and their fantastic collections of physical visualizations. Pierre and Yvonne give several demos you can see on our recorded video. Make s...more

  • 016  |  What Was Big in 2012 and What Is Coming in 2013

    Jan 07 2013

    Download: MP3 Audio61 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio47 MB Happy New Year Friends! We invited a few experts in a Google Hangout to discuss what was big in 2012 and what will happen in 2013. We have Andrew Vande Moere from Infosthetics, Andy Kirk from Visualisingdata and Bryan Connor from The Why Axis. Chapters Breakdown: 00:00:00 Intro 00:01:22 Our guests: Andrew Vande Moere from http//infosthetics.com 00:02:07 Andy Kirk fr...more

  • 015  |  With Robert Kosara

    Dec 06 2012

    Download: MP3 Audio71 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio55 MB Hi all, We got Robert Kosara on Data Stories for this episode. Robert is the editor of eagereyes.org, one of the most respected and well-known data visualization blogs in the Internet. He is known for his controversial and informative posts and his “academic” style (some people say :)). But Roberts, as he says in the show, wears many hats. He was a Profe...more

  • 014  |  Data Stories Hangout

    Nov 13 2012

    Download: MP3 Audio60 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio38 MB Hi there, We just finished recording the hangout. 10 people joined it and some more followed the stream off-line. If you wanted to participate and you could not — we are sorry but there is a limit of maximum 10 people imposed by Google. We really enjoyed the hangout and it was a fantastic experiment full of interesting questions and comments. Among others, we had Ki...more

  • 013  |  from Visweek 2012

    Oct 23 2012

    Download: MP3 Audio44 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio36 MB Hey Folks! I managed to grab a couple of buddies at VisWeek and record a (low audio quality – sorry) episode with some on-the-spot comments. Andrew Vande Moere (infosthetics.com) and Jerome Cukier joined me to have some fun and indulge in some gossiping. A few papers we mention in the episode (may be not complete): How Capacity Limits of Attention Influence In...more

  • 012  |  Alberto Cairo and "The Functional Art"

    Sep 24 2012

    Download: MP3 Audio62 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio43 MB Hi, we have Alberto Cairo on the show for Episode #12! If you don’t know who Alberto is, well… it’s your fault! Check his web site first. He has a fantastic book out on Infographics and Visualization called “The Functional Art,” which can directly go in your shelf between the Tuftes and the Fews. We talk about the book and many many othe...more

  • 011  |  emoto (with Stephan Thiel from Studio NAND)

    Sep 13 2012

    Download: MP3 Audio61 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio46 MB Hi Folks, In this episode we talk about emoto, the project on visualizing the sentiment of the Olympic Games in London 2012. Since Moritz was one of the principal designers and developers behind the project, we thought: “hey, why not?!” And we have a special guest! Stephan Thiel from Studio NAND joined us to share his own view and experience with the pro...more

  • 010  |  Hand crafted data (with Stefanie Posavec)

    Aug 13 2012

    Download: MP3 Audio60 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio43 MB Hi Everyone, It’s been a long time since our last episode. Sorry, sorry, sorry! Moritz was/is busy with Emoto and the London Olympics, Enrico is moving (with the whole family) to New York City. In this episode we have the honor to talk with “data illustrator” Stefanie Posavec. Stefanie makes fascinating hand-crafted visualization like Literary Organ...more

  • 009  |  Bridging academia and industry with Danyel Fisher

    Jul 13 2012

    Download: MP3 Audio69 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio55 MB Hi there! In this episode we talk about bridging academia and industry. We touched upon this issue many times in the past so we decided to record a whole a special issue on that. To help us with it we invited Danyel Fisher, a renown Information Visualization researcher from Microsoft Research. This year Danyel is chairing the newly established Industry Track at VisWe...more

  • 008  |  Interview with Jeff Heer

    Jun 28 2012

    Download: MP3 Audio70 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio55 MB Hi Folks, We are raising the bar here! In this new episode we have Jeff Heer, Assistant Professor at Stanford and creator of 4 (!) data visualization toolkits/languages (Prefuse, Flare, Protovis, D3). Jeff is a very well regarded researcher in the area of visualization, user interfaces and human-computer interaction. If you don’t know him yet we strongly encour...more

  • 007  |  Color (feat. Gregor Aisch)

    Jun 21 2012

    Download: MP3 Audio55 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio43 MB Folks, Here is another great episode … honestly I think it’s one of the best we have ever recorded (-Enrico). We talk about color, and color you know … it’s huge. To get some help we invited Gregor Aisch from Driven By Data and asked him to talk about his experience with color and his super useful library chroma.js. We have to apologize for a...more

  • 006  |  On Food

    May 21 2012

    Download: MP3 Audio38 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio30 MB Hi Folks! In this episode we talk about food. Food? Yes, food. Moritz recently created the Müsli Ingredient Network, a visualization of ingredient combinations in müsli, and we took this as an opportunity to talk about one of our favorite topics other than visualization, that is, food. But hey … there is a lot to visualize about food! Listen to the episode and ...more

  • 005  |  How To Learn Data Visualization (with Andy Kirk)

    Apr 24 2012

    Download: MP3 Audio81 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio66 MB Hi Folks! We love Andy so much that we decided to keep him with us for another episode (well, actually we hope somebody will eventually pay the ransom). This time we talk about “learning visualization”, which is the perfect topic for him given his experience with his training visualization courses. We received many requests from people who wanted to know ...more

  • 004  |  Malofiej 20 (with Andy Kirk)

    Mar 30 2012

    Download: MP3 Audio80 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio81 MB We have our first guest on the show! Andy Kirk and Moritz just came back from Malofiej 20, the Infographic World Summit, and we used the chance to discuss our impressions of the event — the conference, the awards, the workshops and the general vibe. Breakdown of the episode [00:00:00] Intro and welcome to our guest Andy “Not McCandless” Kirk from visuali...more

  • 003  |  How do you evaluate visualization?

    Mar 15 2012

    Download: MP3 Audio66 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio67 MB Hi there, we made it to the third episode (a bit late though, Moritz was travelling to SXSW). In this episode we first answer to some of the questions we received and then we move on to the main topic: how do you evaluate visualization? We have been discussing some contests in episode #2 and thought evaluation is really a key issue there. Breakdown of the episode [00...more

  • 002  |  Visualization Contests, Marathons, Challenges, Awards, Etc.

    Feb 27 2012

    Download: MP3 Audio55 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio55 MB Hi Folks, the second episode is out! First and foremost: thanks a lot for your kind and useful feedback! It’s fantastic to know you are there listening to us. In a way, it’s magic. A big thank also to to David Schroeder of pilotvibe.com for creating a jingle for Data Stories. Yes, we have a jingle now! — In this episode we talk mainly about contest,...more

  • 001  |  Exuberant Animated Data Kitsch

    Feb 14 2012

    Download: MP3 Audio61 MB MPEG-4 AAC Audio62 MB Hi Folks, in this episode we discuss the goods and bads of animated visualization: 03:26 – Introducing Data Stories 06:05 – Data Animation Kitsch 14:40 – Using Animation Interactively 17:54 – Scientific Research on Animation 27:17 – Eye-candy and the 2D vs. 3D Debate 29:37 – Engagement and “Data Entertainment” 31:19 ...more