Data
                    Monica Bulger & Aaron Sobel
Visualization   Bren School of Environmental Science
                ...
Data visualized in 2009 Group Projects




       --images from “Pathway to Self-Funding,” “Cumulative Impacts of Large-Sc...
Who is your
audience?
What is your inform
 purpose?
             request

             advocate

             publicize

             what else?
Re-think how you
   represent data
--image from visualcomplexity.com
Think visually




                 --image from visualcomplexity.com
What is your data story?




 --image from Design & the Elastic Mind exhibition, “The Million Dollar Blocks Project” avail...
“Data slides aren’t really about data.
They are about the meaning of data.”
                            --Duarte (2008)
Maps tell stories
        visually
--image from Design & the Elastic Mind exhibition, “New York Talk Exchange” available at http://www.moma.org
Barack Obama Personal Visits by State
       Jan 2007 - Feb 2008




 --Image created by graduate students in UCSBʼs Geogr...
3-D allows for visualizing complex data




                -- Time Magazine http://www.time.com/time/covers/20061030/wher...
Visualizing the distance to the nearest McDonald’s




                            --Image from infosthetics, available at...
Stacked Graph




Each colored layer represents a musician, progressing from left to right through
the eighteen month span...
Stacked Graph




Each colored layer represents a musician, progressing from left to right through
the eighteen month span...
Maps in
practice
Sample GP brief



                                                                         Where is the
                 ...
Draw the viewer’s
       attention
Focus on key points




         -- image from Duarteʼs (2008) slide:ology, p. 69
Find the best fit for
representing your data
               visually
Pie charts vs. bar graphs


                                                                                          prop...
What does the pie chart tell us?
                                                         What information is missing?



...
Decision trees
           can show the
          viewer why you
          chose the path
              you did




--Image...
activity
  In groups of 3, improve the following
  image.
  --Consider what it’s trying to say
  --Identify necessary vs. ...
Sample GP diagram




              -- Anderson, C., Dobrowski, B.,
                                            Harris, M....
GP diagram in context




--Hess, L. , Johnson, P., Karasek, T., Port-Minner, S., Radhakrishnan, U. (2009). Pathway to Sel...
“Slides should be processed in 3 seconds
       or less. It’s impossible for people to
       process your slides and your...
Notes from discussion:
* avoid noise: colors that don’t make sense,
shapes that aren’t significant, arrows that don’t
serve...
* Thank you to Jim Frew and Darren Hardy for
sharing their expertise throughout the workshop.
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    1. 1. Data Monica Bulger & Aaron Sobel Visualization Bren School of Environmental Science & Management University of California, Santa Barbara November 30, 2009
    2. 2. Data visualized in 2009 Group Projects --images from “Pathway to Self-Funding,” “Cumulative Impacts of Large-Scale Renewable Energy Development in the West Mojave,” “Management Recommendations for Piute Ponds, EAB,” and “Post-Fire Sedimentation and Flood Risk Potential in the Mission Creek Watershed of Santa Barbara,” available at http://www.bren.ucsb.edu/research/gp2009.htm
    3. 3. Who is your audience?
    4. 4. What is your inform purpose? request advocate publicize what else?
    5. 5. Re-think how you represent data
    6. 6. --image from visualcomplexity.com
    7. 7. Think visually --image from visualcomplexity.com
    8. 8. What is your data story? --image from Design & the Elastic Mind exhibition, “The Million Dollar Blocks Project” available at http://www.moma.org
    9. 9. “Data slides aren’t really about data. They are about the meaning of data.” --Duarte (2008)
    10. 10. Maps tell stories visually
    11. 11. --image from Design & the Elastic Mind exhibition, “New York Talk Exchange” available at http://www.moma.org
    12. 12. Barack Obama Personal Visits by State Jan 2007 - Feb 2008 --Image created by graduate students in UCSBʼs Geography Department using data from IGERT “Issue Browser” project (2009)
    13. 13. 3-D allows for visualizing complex data -- Time Magazine http://www.time.com/time/covers/20061030/where_we_live/
    14. 14. Visualizing the distance to the nearest McDonald’s --Image from infosthetics, available at http://www.infosthetics.com
    15. 15. Stacked Graph Each colored layer represents a musician, progressing from left to right through the eighteen month span growing wider when listening was more frequent, and skinnier when it was not. -- Stacked Graph http://www.leebyron.com/what/lastfm/
    16. 16. Stacked Graph Each colored layer represents a musician, progressing from left to right through the eighteen month span growing wider when listening was more frequent, and skinnier when it was not. -- Stacked Graph http://www.leebyron.com/what/lastfm/
    17. 17. Maps in practice
    18. 18. Sample GP brief Where is the Cuyama Valley located? -- Anderson, C., Dobrowski, B., Harris, M., Moreno, E., Roehrdanz, P. (2009). Conservation Assessment for the Cuyama Valley (Project Brief). Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara. Available at http://www.bren.ucsb.edu/research/gp2009.htm
    19. 19. Draw the viewer’s attention
    20. 20. Focus on key points -- image from Duarteʼs (2008) slide:ology, p. 69
    21. 21. Find the best fit for representing your data visually
    22. 22. Pie charts vs. bar graphs proportion comparison -- image from Dutton, W.J. & Helsper, E.J. (2007). Oxford Internet Survey 2007 Report: The Internet in Britain. Oxford Internet Institute, UK.
    23. 23. What does the pie chart tell us? What information is missing? --Adlerman, D., Maciejowski, N., Randall, J., Shirley, R. (2009). Management Recommendations for Piute Ponds Edwards Air Force Base, California (Project Poster). Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara. Available at http://www.bren.ucsb.edu/research/ gp2009.htm
    24. 24. Decision trees can show the viewer why you chose the path you did --Image from FlowingData, available at http://www.flowingdata.com
    25. 25. activity In groups of 3, improve the following image. --Consider what it’s trying to say --Identify necessary vs. extraneous information --How can you clarify the information and make it more meaningful for your target audience(s)?
    26. 26. Sample GP diagram -- Anderson, C., Dobrowski, B., Harris, M., Moreno, E., Roehrdanz, P. (2009). Conservation Assessment for the Cuyama Valley (Project Brief). Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara. Available at http://www.bren.ucsb.edu/research/gp2009.htm
    27. 27. GP diagram in context --Hess, L. , Johnson, P., Karasek, T., Port-Minner, S., Radhakrishnan, U. (2009). Pathway to Self-Funding: A Case Study on the Calfornia Commerical Spiny Lobster Fishery (Project Poster). Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara. Available at http://www.bren.ucsb.edu/research/gp2009.htm
    28. 28. “Slides should be processed in 3 seconds or less. It’s impossible for people to process your slides and your words
    29. 29. Notes from discussion: * avoid noise: colors that don’t make sense, shapes that aren’t significant, arrows that don’t serve a purpose. This information can be mis-interpreted. * if linear relationship, show it, don’t complicate it with unnecessary info. * is it necessary for each box to be separate? Combine related information.
    30. 30. * Thank you to Jim Frew and Darren Hardy for sharing their expertise throughout the workshop.

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