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Stay In Your Lane: Challenging the Status Quo in Science

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BioBright presented at the Better World by Design 2017 conference about challenging the status quo in design and science.

"Biological research is in trouble. It can take decades for lifesaving drugs to come to market. Possible cures slip by unnoticed, lost in mountains of data. How can we break this status quo? What would you do if you were faced with this design challenge? We'll share our strategies for understanding complex scientific processes and creating innovative visual designs for the lab of the future."

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Stay In Your Lane: Challenging the Status Quo in Science

  1. 1. Stay In Your Lane: Challenging the status quo in science William Barry Mandi Cai Jen Weber Better World by Design - September 24th, 2017 1
  2. 2. Take time to learn about the problem 12
  3. 3. Which cat appears most frequently? 3
  4. 4. Time’s up! A B C D E 4
  5. 5. Guess the # of cells between 450 and 500 5
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  7. 7. Guess the # of cells between 800 and 915 7
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  9. 9. Drowning in data 9
  10. 10. Biology and the 28 billion dollar problem $10
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  22. 22. Challenge your own assumptions 222
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  32. 32. Throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks 332
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  39. 39. Come up with the right questions and validate hypotheses 439
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  42. 42. 42 What are our observations? What patterns are there in our observations? Which problems do we want to solve?
  43. 43. 43 What patterns are there in our observations? Which problems do we want to solve? What are our observations?
  44. 44. 44 Hypotheses Priority Level Users want to visualize data in a way that is related to their workflow. High Users want a statistical view (histogram, st-dev, averages, t-test, etc.). Medium Users will want to undo their changes. Low
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  48. 48. Tap into your past knowledge and experience 548
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  51. 51. Test outside the box 651
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  54. 54. Power through 754
  55. 55. The tools and approaches we tried: Data Vis textbooks Google Charts Bokeh D3 Adobe UXD Sketch User Testing 55
  56. 56. The tools and approaches we tried: Data Vis textbooks Google Charts Bokeh D3 Adobe UXD Sketch User Testing Google Sheets Excel Agile Design Sprint Simple Statistics Jupyter Notebook User Interviews 56
  57. 57. The tools and approaches we tried: Data Vis textbooks Google Charts Bokeh D3 Adobe UXD Sketch User Testing Google Sheets Excel Agile Design Sprint Simple Statistics Jupyter Notebook User Interviews Principle Ember.js Crazy 8’s Lightning Talks How Might We’s Python Pandas/Numpy 57
  58. 58. Challenge the status quo because you can 858
  59. 59. Resources Google Design Sprint Kit - https://designsprintkit.withgoogle.com/methods/ Inkscape/GIMP - free image editors that run on Linux Codewars - a great resource for improving coding skills - www.codewars.com The people around you 59
  60. 60. We’d love to hear from you! Jen Weber jen@biobright.org Twitter @jwwweber William Barry williambarry@outlook.com mrwilliambarry.com Mandi Cai mandi@biobright.org www.mandilicai.com BioBright www.biobright.com Twitter @BioBright_org 60

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