VisWeek: Graphics and Infographics


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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 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 -

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VisWeek: Graphics and Infographics

  1. 1. Graphics, Infographics, and Data Visualization: An Economist’s Call for Better Visuals Jonathan A. Schwabish Congressional Budget Office @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. 2. Graphics produced byeconomists, policy and budgetanalysts, government agencies…can be better
  3. 3. Social Security Administration
  4. 4. Klerman and Danielson, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2011
  5. 5. Social Security Administration
  6. 6. Government Accountability Office
  7. 7. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  8. 8. Bailey, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2012
  9. 9. Chinn 2011, LaFollette School WP No. 2012-006
  10. 10. Sala, Soderstrom, and Trigara, NBER WP No. 18434, 2012
  11. 11. Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  12. 12. Bureau of Economic Analysis
  13. 13. U.S. Census Bureau
  14. 14. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  15. 15. U.S. Department of the Treasury
  16. 16. Hanson, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Spring 2012
  17. 17. U.S. Department of Agriculture
  18. 18. Gokhale, Social Security: A Fresh Look at Policy Alternatives, 2010
  19. 19. Social Security Advisory Board
  20. 20. Modrek and Cullen, 14th Annual Joint Conference of the Retirement Research Consortium
  21. 21. Sum = 98% Sum = 100% Social Security Administration
  22. 22. Holden and Fontes, Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy, 2009
  23. 23. Focus
  24. 24. Expertise
  25. 25. Knowledge
  26. 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. 27. CBO’s Infographics:Bring the most importantinformation to the top
  28. 28. Understanding the Fiscal Cliff 75 pages 10 pages
  29. 29. The purpose of visualizationis insight, not pictures -Card, Mackinlay and Shneiderman (1999)
  30. 30. Data GovernmentVisualization Agencies
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