James Davenport
There’s Beauty in Data
James Davenport
There’s Beauty in Data
An excuse to talk about some
fun data visualizations
Hi, I’m Jim
. com
Data, Visualization, Science, Astronomy,
Asking (sometimes stupid) questions
What is Data?
Datum:
A piece of information, fact, quantity, statistic,
a premise from which to drawn an assumption
Use of Data Graphics in
Journalism is Rising
Info-graphics are very popular
Hans Rosling
gapminder.com
Data Software & Skills
Becoming More Available
Data  Scientist:    Sexiest  Job  of  the  21st  Century?
Maybe  not...
Data  Scientist:    Sexiest  Job  of  the  21st  Century?
Maybe  not...
Data  Scientist:    Sexiest  Job  of  the  21st  Century?
Data impacts your
everyday life!
• newspapers, maps, phones, groceries, prices
• traffic flow, weather, airline flights
• ...
Coffee:!
Always !
within a !
2 minute!
walk!
2 min !
1 min !
5!
United States of Starbucks
Furthest Point from a Starbucks
Data Visualization:
Important and Cool
• Not all data science is visualization
• Enables unique insight in to data (especi...
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7 6 87 87 96 85 85 86 595 96 598 75 986597
...
0
25
50
75
100
	

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Reduction/comparison enables insight
Data: a form of pop art
Let’s play a game...
Art or Data?
DataArt
4 hours using Eclipse,
traced with IOGraph
“14 Billions” (2010)
by Tomás Saraceno
Art
“14 Billions” (2010)
by Tomás Saraceno
Data
4 hours using Eclipse,
traced with IOGraph
Ellsworth KellyJaz Parkinson
Data Art
Ellsworth Kelly
Data Art
James Davenport (me!)
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2004
2003
The Average Top-10 Best-Selling Book Cover
From 2000-2011
The world as drawn by airports
Maybe this is Data & Art
Data
Analysis
Art Science
Beauty
Reflection
Wonder
Truth
Why I think There’s Beauty in Data
Female
51.8%
Male
48.2%
Gender of White House Visitors since 2009
Ugly graph
Cool Result
Text
“Cece You’re It” by Peter G. Adamczyk
“Capacity” by James Davenport (me!)
Days
BatteryCapacity(%)
My laptop battery, recorded every 1-minute
148,000 rows
Days
TimeofDay
Inspired by Stephen Wolfram
Sleep
(usually)
Dinner
Summer
Internship
• Data makes us think, reflect, contemplate
• Obvious visual appeal
• Data seems more honest/objective
• These effects are...
Days
TimeofDay
@jradavenport ifweassume.com
/There’s Beauty in Data
stay nerdy!
Thanks for
listening...
hey girl...in case you’ve been
waiting to make this
joke all night
@jradavenport
ifweassume.com
James Davenport NerdNite 2013
James Davenport NerdNite 2013
James Davenport NerdNite 2013
James Davenport NerdNite 2013
James Davenport NerdNite 2013
James Davenport NerdNite 2013
James Davenport NerdNite 2013
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  1. 1. James Davenport There’s Beauty in Data
  2. 2. James Davenport There’s Beauty in Data An excuse to talk about some fun data visualizations
  3. 3. Hi, I’m Jim
  4. 4. . com Data, Visualization, Science, Astronomy, Asking (sometimes stupid) questions
  5. 5. What is Data? Datum: A piece of information, fact, quantity, statistic, a premise from which to drawn an assumption
  6. 6. Use of Data Graphics in Journalism is Rising
  7. 7. Info-graphics are very popular
  8. 8. Hans Rosling gapminder.com
  9. 9. Data Software & Skills Becoming More Available
  10. 10. Data  Scientist:    Sexiest  Job  of  the  21st  Century?
  11. 11. Maybe  not... Data  Scientist:    Sexiest  Job  of  the  21st  Century?
  12. 12. Maybe  not... Data  Scientist:    Sexiest  Job  of  the  21st  Century?
  13. 13. Data impacts your everyday life! • newspapers, maps, phones, groceries, prices • traffic flow, weather, airline flights • elections, war, funding, NSA • ABV of your drink
  14. 14. Coffee:! Always ! within a ! 2 minute! walk! 2 min ! 1 min ! 5!
  15. 15. United States of Starbucks
  16. 16. Furthest Point from a Starbucks
  17. 17. Data Visualization: Important and Cool • Not all data science is visualization • Enables unique insight in to data (especially big data)
  18. 18. AA BB CC DD EE FF GG HH II JJ KK LL MM NN OO 11 98 998 9 7 78 0 0 8 987676 9 7 7 6 87 87 96 85 85 86 595 96 598 75 986597 64 76 5976597658 76 97 6 6 76 9 67 5 5 9 568697568 9 9 96 85 987 59 7 6 5 9 9 5 9 6 9 9 6E+0576 875 98 7 687676 7 987 98 59 65 76 9 87 8 7 8 70 785 87 98 7 98 75 9 74 53 645226 54 8 9 0 84 52 7 5 9 0 1 6 8 9 9 675 3 68 9 0 -1 86 75 54 24 45 56 76 78 80 89 87 75 45 34 24 4 56 r 34 46 w5 56 78 990 90 78 67563 3 23 3 45 56 765 78 879 89 89 98 67 564534 23 3 Too Much to Understand!
  19. 19. 0 25 50 75 100 AA BB CC DD Reduction/comparison enables insight
  20. 20. Data: a form of pop art
  21. 21. Let’s play a game... Art or Data?
  22. 22. DataArt 4 hours using Eclipse, traced with IOGraph “14 Billions” (2010) by Tomás Saraceno
  23. 23. Art “14 Billions” (2010) by Tomás Saraceno
  24. 24. Data 4 hours using Eclipse, traced with IOGraph
  25. 25. Ellsworth KellyJaz Parkinson Data Art
  26. 26. Ellsworth Kelly Data Art James Davenport (me!)
  27. 27. 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2004 2003
  28. 28. The Average Top-10 Best-Selling Book Cover From 2000-2011
  29. 29. The world as drawn by airports
  30. 30. Maybe this is Data & Art
  31. 31. Data Analysis Art Science Beauty Reflection Wonder Truth Why I think There’s Beauty in Data
  32. 32. Female 51.8% Male 48.2% Gender of White House Visitors since 2009 Ugly graph Cool Result
  33. 33. Text “Cece You’re It” by Peter G. Adamczyk
  34. 34. “Capacity” by James Davenport (me!)
  35. 35. Days BatteryCapacity(%) My laptop battery, recorded every 1-minute 148,000 rows
  36. 36. Days TimeofDay Inspired by Stephen Wolfram Sleep (usually) Dinner Summer Internship
  37. 37. • Data makes us think, reflect, contemplate • Obvious visual appeal • Data seems more honest/objective • These effects are driving the growing hunger for data! Why I think There’s Beauty in Data Data Analysis Art Science
  38. 38. Days TimeofDay @jradavenport ifweassume.com /There’s Beauty in Data stay nerdy! Thanks for listening...
  39. 39. hey girl...in case you’ve been waiting to make this joke all night @jradavenport ifweassume.com

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