Dataviz in SciComm
Some lessons from COVID-19
Dataviz is a lens for data
The dataviz designer chooses the filter, the lens shape, the focus, the magnification
The lens: chart types
The right measures
imo much concern over "reader don’t understand log scales" is misplaced. When a reader ponders this chart, they’re asking "are these two countries on the same course", or "how many days til country X is at Y cases", not "how many pixels represent 100 cases"
How not to scratch the lens
Save pies for dessert
Don't cut bars
The story of
"Flatten the curve"
What's in it for me?
The difficulty with these diagrams is showing uncertainty. Even though it’s a diagram of a concept and not a model from real data, it’s easy for people to interpret it as a precise prediction, as it looks like a chart and we’re used to charts being precise
I added an extra line to it. Apparently, that made all of the difference.
Visualising the black box
(Some) visual teams
Shift from service desk to autonomous content generation
Become really successful
1. Learn the Visual Vocabulary & dataviz 101
2. Focus, tell a story, annotate
3. What does it mean for people?
4. Visualise the black box of models
5. Pivot to dataviz
Dataviz in Scicom