Data visualizations are not boring

anymore*
* And anyone can create them now

Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news ...
Should all journalists learn
data viz, infographic, photo skills?

Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) •...
Back in the ‘newsolithic’ era…
Early software 

tools crude
compared to
today’s
Dedicated 

graphic artist
Reporter/editor...
Tools used then have advanced
More powerful,
capable
Static or interactive
or video …
But expensive
Takes time to learn
St...
Still relevant: Excel (when statistical
analysis software is more than you need)
Older Excel: weaknesses
over using statis...
More-powerful, easy-to-use tools are here:
Still need Excel and Adobe?
Free! Download client app [Windows only! :( ] … Hos...
Image, visualization software
is experiencing a transition
FROM!
client-based

TO!
cloud-based

Steve Outing (media futuri...
Many easier-to-use tools are now

not on desktop: Use them in the cloud

Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innova...
Example: Infogr.am
Simple enough for anyone to use
Limited!
free account!
OR!
$12/month!
plan

Flawed

Steve Outing (media...
An Infogr.am interactive graphic

Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • stev...
Infogr.am and its competitors
partly eliminate need for graphic artists

“Infogr.am wants to create a sort of Adobe
Illust...
Other simple-to-use cloud-based
data visualization/infographic tools
Free trial; $14-$29/month
Still free for now

Private...
The problem when data visualization
tools are available for everyone
Pretty…

Effective data visualization…

Nearly incomp...
But even if you’re not an expert,
you can learn the ropes
Bar Chart: As simple as you can get with data visualization

Fla...
What could be better about this
recent NY Times data visualization?

Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator)...
You don’t have to be an artist
to be creative in presenting data

Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • ...
Some good data-viz resources
junkcharts.typepad.com - Blog; lessons, tips on effective data
visualization
Book: “The Funct...
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Data visualization tools and techniques for non-experts. Target audience for this presentation is journalists. By Steve Outing, media futurist & digital-news innovator, Boulder, CO.

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  1. 1. Data visualizations are not boring anymore* * And anyone can create them now Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  2. 2. Should all journalists learn data viz, infographic, photo skills? Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  3. 3. Back in the ‘newsolithic’ era… Early software 
 tools crude compared to today’s Dedicated 
 graphic artist Reporter/editor 
 trained in CARR, 
 analyzing data Static 
 visualizations 
 only Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  4. 4. Tools used then have advanced More powerful, capable Static or interactive or video … But expensive Takes time to learn Steep learning curve Perhaps too much for a busy multitasking journalist Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  5. 5. Still relevant: Excel (when statistical analysis software is more than you need) Older Excel: weaknesses over using statisticalanalysis software (SAS, SPSS, Stata, OriginPro, JMP) New Excel: beefed up for data analysis Must install “data analysis” add-on (user option) Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  6. 6. More-powerful, easy-to-use tools are here: Still need Excel and Adobe? Free! Download client app [Windows only! :( ] … Hosted on web free … Embed on your site Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  7. 7. Image, visualization software is experiencing a transition FROM! client-based TO! cloud-based Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  8. 8. Many easier-to-use tools are now
 not on desktop: Use them in the cloud Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  9. 9. Example: Infogr.am Simple enough for anyone to use Limited! free account! OR! $12/month! plan Flawed Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  10. 10. An Infogr.am interactive graphic Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  11. 11. Infogr.am and its competitors partly eliminate need for graphic artists “Infogr.am wants to create a sort of Adobe Illustrator in the Cloud, allowing anyone to create cool info-graphics on the fly.” Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  12. 12. Other simple-to-use cloud-based data visualization/infographic tools Free trial; $14-$29/month Still free for now Private beta, but you can sign up for account Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  13. 13. The problem when data visualization tools are available for everyone Pretty… Effective data visualization… Nearly incomprehensible!! But a bit plain looking Sources: Harvard Business Review, JunkCharts.com Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  14. 14. But even if you’re not an expert, you can learn the ropes Bar Chart: As simple as you can get with data visualization Flawed Much better!! No need to turn head to read type Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  15. 15. What could be better about this recent NY Times data visualization? Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  16. 16. You don’t have to be an artist to be creative in presenting data Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
  17. 17. Some good data-viz resources junkcharts.typepad.com - Blog; lessons, tips on effective data visualization Book: “The Functional Art: An introduction to information graphics and visualization” - by Alberto Cairo Blogs:
 visualizing.org … informationisbeautiful.net … flowingdata.com … infosthetics.com … visualisingdata.com … datavis.tumblr.com These presentation slides can be found here:
 http://www.slideshare.net/steveouting1 Steve Outing (media futurist, digital-news innovator) • http://mediadisruptus.com • steveouting@gmail.com
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