VisWeek: Graphics and Infographics

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Slides from my recent talk at the Visweek conference in Seattle, WA.

Slides from my recent talk at the Visweek conference in Seattle, WA.

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  • Thanks for your comments! Yes, most of the graphics in this presentation are examples of bad graphics, so I'm glad to hear you think they need some work. ;) After our last chat, I went to subtlepatterns.com to pick out some background patterns for a dark-text-on-light background scheme. I've been using Corbel in some recent slides, but will look for more. Thanks again!
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  • You asked me what I think to your deck. I'd try using some more exciting non-standard fonts. But keep them readable. Needs more images + graphs need some re-designing to bring data to life. If you want to see a good presentation slide using that color scheme check out this presentation - http://www.slideshare.net/collylogic/design-to-communicate

    Note the shades of grey + white.
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  • 1. Graphics, Infographics, and Data Visualization: An Economist’s Call for Better Visuals Jonathan A. Schwabish Congressional Budget Office jschwabi@yahoo.com @jschwabish October 2012The views expressed in this presentation are those of the author and shouldnot be interpreted as those of the Congressional Budget Office.
  • 2. Graphics produced byeconomists, policy and budgetanalysts, government agencies…can be better
  • 3. Social Security Administration
  • 4. Klerman and Danielson, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2011
  • 5. Social Security Administration
  • 6. Government Accountability Office
  • 7. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • 8. Bailey, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2012
  • 9. Chinn 2011, LaFollette School WP No. 2012-006
  • 10. Sala, Soderstrom, and Trigara, NBER WP No. 18434, 2012
  • 11. Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • 12. Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • 13. U.S. Census Bureau
  • 14. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • 15. U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • 16. Hanson, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Spring 2012
  • 17. U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • 18. Gokhale, Social Security: A Fresh Look at Policy Alternatives, 2010
  • 19. Social Security Advisory Board
  • 20. Modrek and Cullen, 14th Annual Joint Conference of the Retirement Research Consortium
  • 21. Sum = 98% Sum = 100% Social Security Administration
  • 22. Holden and Fontes, Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy, 2009
  • 23. Focus
  • 24. Expertise
  • 25. Knowledge
  • 26. CBO’s Infographic Demographic• Member of Congress Wants to get specific information on a topic, a broad overview, quick facts, or bullet points.• Congressional Staffer Wants to get data quickly. Might be briefing Member on topics outside usual areas of responsibility.
  • 27. CBO’s Infographics:Bring the most importantinformation to the top
  • 28. Understanding the Fiscal Cliff 75 pages 10 pages
  • 29. The purpose of visualizationis insight, not pictures -Card, Mackinlay and Shneiderman (1999)
  • 30. Data GovernmentVisualization Agencies