Expanding Our Visual Literacy: A Fresh Take on Displaying Data for Effectiveness and Understanding

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, July 18, 2016
Contact: Kanya Lyons, 512-974-7379

Expanding Our Visual Literacy: A Fresh Take on Displaying Data for Effectiveness and Understanding

Learn new methods to communicate your data in this Austin Public Library workshop with Designer and Author Julie Rodriguez – Expanding Our Visual Literacy: A Fresh Take on Displaying Data for Effectiveness and Understanding  on Sunday, August 7 at 2 PM in the Second Floor Events Area at the Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St. The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information call 512-974-7400 or visit library.austintexas.gov.

Data provides a snapshot of the state of affairs and is key to the success of your conversations, decisions and communications. But all of that communication is lost — or incorrectly interpreted — without proper data visualizations that provide context and accurate representation of the numbers.

In this workshop, author Julie Rodriguez will draw upon her understanding of information design and visual communication to show you how to turn your raw data into meaningful information. Julie will discuss her thought process and final solutions for different scenarios including:

  • How to show associations and links between datasets to understand the impact one value has on another. How can you set up these displays for better comparison? How can you make these displays concise?
  • How to communicate time-lapsed data to understand the context of an event. For example, how to incorporate details into the standard bar chart that reveals and provides a greater understanding.

About the Presenter
Julie Rodriguez is an experience designer and focuses on user research, analysis, and design for complex systems. She has patented her work in data visualizations for MATLAB, compiled a data visualization pattern library (www.vizipedia.com), and publishes industry articles on user experience and data analysis and visualization. She is the co-author of Visualizing Financial Data, a book about visualization techniques and design principles that includes over 250 visuals depicting quantitative data.

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