Leave A Message To Say Happy Birthday To Data Stories!

Hi everyone, we just marked our third birthday and, coincidentally, we are also going to mark our 50th episode! It’s been such a great journey for everyone.

For our 50th episode we’d like to collect messages from our listeners. We’ll select the funniest ones. So it’s up to you to make us laugh! :)

Please state your name in the message and let us know about you Data Stories listening habits (some people listen to us in some very weird conditions).

To leave a message you can:

  1. Call our Google Voice number (347) 881-3740 and leave a voice mail message (let it ring until the voicemail starts).
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  3. You can always send us an email to mail@datastori.es and we will read it for you.

Hurry up! That’s going to be fun!

Data Stories #48 Vis Going Mainstream w/ Stamen’s CEO Eric Rodenbeck

Eric-Rodenbeck-blackandwhiteGreat episode here folks! We have Stamen‘s CEO Eric Rodenbeck on the show to talk about “Visualization Going Mainstream”. Moritz took inspiration from Eric’s Eyeo talk “And Then There Were Twelve – How to (keep) running a successful data visualization and design studio.” and decided he must come on the show.

Stamen is a design studio in San Francisco founded in 2001 by Eric. They have been real pioneers in data visualization and cartographic mapping with the production of great apps and libraries such as Pretty Maps, Trulia Hindsight, Crimespotting and many many more. (See also our episode with Mike Migurski)

With Eric we discuss a broad range of important topics including: how to manage a vis business, how to have an impact with visualization and visualization success stories.

Enjoy the show!


Data Stories #47: Moritz and Enrico on Books, Data Literacy, Their Projects, Etc.

[We are now sponsored by Qlik. You can download it for free here]

Hi Folks,

This is some kind of new experiment: it’s just us, Enrico and Moritz, on the show. We talk about stuff we normally don’t have the opportunity to talk about when we have a guest. We feel it’s nice to have from time to time something different. We hope you like this new format!

In this episode we talk about some books we like and suggest, updates on some of our work, and about data literacy. If you want to suggest something to talk about in future episodes like this feel free to drop us a line on twitter, facebook, as a comment to this episode or via email.


Data Stories #46 — Year 2014 Review w/ Robert Kosara and Andy Kirk

Hey yo! We have two classic guests for a classic episode: a year review with Robert Kosara and Andy Kirk. We talk about what happened in visualization in 2014 and what may happen in 2015. We start the show saying that nothing really special happened but then you’ll see we cover a lot of ground and end up deciding a lot happened eventually! You can see that from our long list of links. Enjoy the show!


Data Stories #45: With Nicholas Felton

Happy new year, everyone!

We start 2015 with a bang, and have Nicholas Felton on the show. We talk about his personal annual reports, typography, privacy, and how we all deal with data and tracking today. Great conversation.

One more link we only found later: Practical Typography is a great starting point for anyone who would like to learn more about typography and type.

Thanks again to Tableau Software for sponsoring the show! Check out the free trial they have, it’s a great piece of software.

And, in other news: We are looking for support with the audio editing! So, if you have some experience with audio editing podcasts, and could also imagine to help us with collection the links and titling the chapters etc, this would be great. We can offer a small compensation, too. And, of course, you’re among the very first people worldwide to listen to the new Data Stories recordings :)

Next week, we will record a 2014 review with a few of the usual suspects. What moved you this year? Leave us a comment or tweet us!

Data Stories #44: w/ Tamara Munzner

munzner-2014-headshotHi Folks! We have Prof. Tamara Munzner from University of British Columbia with us in this episode. Tamara is one of the most prominent figures in visualization research. She has done tons of interesting work starting from the nineties (look into her publications page) including the famous “Nested Model of Visualization Design” and her numerous design studies work, like the excellent “Overview“, a tool for journalistic investigative analysis. We also talk about her new book “Visualization Analysis and Design“. Finally a textbook teaching how to create visualization tools for analysis purposes!

Enjoy the show!


Data Stories #43: IEEE VIS’14

It took us a while, but — here we go! A three part episode from IEEE VIS 2014.

Thanks again to Robert Kosara for coming on our show again to talk shop, and look back on a week full of really interesting scientific findings about data visualization. The list below should make great reading for the holidays :)

A big thanks also to our sponsor Tableau Software who continue to support us, which we are very grateful for.

Here are some of the links we discussed:

Everything except the chart

“Multivariate Network Exploration and Presentation: From Detail to Overview via Selections and Aggregations”
Domino: Extracting, Comparing, and Manipulating Subsets across Multiple Tabular Datasets

Revisiting Bertin matrices: New Interactions for Crafting Tabular Visualizations

Semiology of graphics

iVisDesigner: Expressive Interactive Design of Information Visualizations

The Effects of Interactive Latency on Exploratory Visual Analysis

Error Bars Considered Harmful: Exploring Alternate Encodings for Mean and Error

Four Experiments on the Perception of Bar Charts

An Algebraic Process for Visualization Design

The Not-so-Staggering Effect of Staggered Animated Transitions on Visual Tracking

Combing the Communication Hairball: Visualizing Large-Scale Parallel Execution Traces using Logical Time

Perceptual Kernels
Data and source code:

Ranking Visualization of Correlation Using Weber’s Law

A Principled Way of Assessing Visualization Literacy

Barbara Tversky

Scott McCloud

Let us know your thoughts! Which study did you find most interesting?

Data Stories #42 — with Santiago Ortiz

Hey folks we have some news: data stories has now for the first time a sponsor. Tableau Software will be sponsoring a number of episodes starting from this one. You will hear the specifics in the audio but this is good news for everyone. The content will not change, but we will be able to create a higher-quality show. And by the way we will also be able to pay a fee to our audio editors who have done a lot of free work for us so far (thanks Nathan and Fabricio!)

You can try Tableau following this link: www.tableausoftware.com/datastories.



Hi all, we have the great Santiago Ortiz with us again in this episode.

Santiago builds interactive data visualizations to “get deep insight from data, solve real problems and answer strategic questions“.

If you are an avid DS follower you may recall we had him on the show in episode 19. In this episode he comes back to talk with us about visualization and data science, how he strives to create value our of his data visualization projects and how he is *not* interested data visualization!

Enjoy the show!


Data Stories #41: With Lisa Strausfeld

Lisa-StrausfeldHi Folks! In this episode we have Lisa Strausfeld from Bloomberg with us.

Lisa started doing VIS very early on and in the episode she tells us about her super interesting story of how she got into VIS and all the jobs she has done: starting as a student of Art and Computer Science (yes, Art and CS!), designing chips for Motorola, up to these days at Bloomberg Visual Data and Bloomberg View.

If you want to know more about her work you should definitely check this video, where she presents may of the visualization projects we worked on.

Enjoy the show!


Data Stories #40: Narrative Visualization Research w/ Jessica Hullman


Hey yo! We are back!

We have a very researchy kind of episode this time. Jessica Hullman is on the show to talk about her research on narrative visualization. Jessica is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Berkeley and soon to be Assistant Professor at University of Washington iSchool.

In the show we talk about lots of interesting basic visualization research like visualization literacy, bias and saliency, uncertainty and about some interesting automated annotation systems Jessica developed.

We also talk about Jessica’s background in experimental poetry!

Have fun.