Talk slides: The 8 hats of data visualisation

Below you will find an embedded slideshare version of the slides used in last week’s pair of talks at Orbitz HQ and the inaugural Chicago Data Viz meetup.

As I’ve said a few times before, I’m a reluctant sharer of slides, not because I’m protective of my material, but because they serve as purely visual prompts for the talk so when read out of context they are hard to fully understand and appreciate some of the details. For that reason I’m shortly going to follow up with an article specifically on the subject of the ’8 hats’, a subject I think is important for any visualisation or infographic designer.

The 8 Hats of Data Visualisation

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6 Comments

RichJune 21st, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Great slides! It makes me realize the reason I enjoy this field – there’s so much to learn and so many avenues to expand your skills or knowledge. Some of the skills are even surprising – like needing to be able to negotiate.

Michael BabwahsinghJune 21st, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Very interesting sensemaking framework for data visualization, Andy! I’d love to understand what motivated you to create it and how long it “simmered” before you decided to present it. It isn’t easy to point the information design lens inward to the broader visualization space when there’s so much fragmentation and complexity to contend with (books, blogs, practitioners, events, etc.). Nevertheless, more of this type of analysis and clarification needs to be done. Looking forward to your follow-up article!

AndyJune 21st, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Many thanks Rich and Michael – will follow soon with more background. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Paul BradshawJune 22nd, 2012 at 8:21 am

It’s fascinating how closely this mirrors how I approached the same process from a data journalist’s point of view – http://onlinejournalismblog.com/2011/07/07/the-inverted-pyramid-of-data-journalism/

But what this does is focus a bit more on the initial and end stages of compiling data and communicating it – so you have journalists who ‘narrate’ but also computer scientists who may create ‘utility’ or cognitive scientists who create effective visualisation and designers who might do either.

Love the critical path chart at the end, too – very helpful in planning. Will update my posts with a link.

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