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Hi Folks, the second episode is out!
First and foremost: thanks a lot for your kind and useful feedback! It’s fantastic to know you are there listening to us. In a way, it’s magic.
A big thank also to to David Schroeder of pilotvibe.com for creating a jingle for Data Stories. Yes, we have a jingle now!
In this episode we talk mainly about contest, awards, marathons, etc. (but don’t miss Mo’s rant at the end ).
Here is the episode chapters breakdown:
[00:27] Recent activities
[01:56] Feedback for first episode
[05:22] Title music by Dave Schroeder from pilotvibe.com
[05:43] Visualizing.org marathon grand prize
[09:13] Types of contests and awards
[11:28] NSF visualization award has no category for interactive vis
[12:28] Academic contests tradition
[13:45] VAST Challenge
[21:05] Information is beautiful awards
[22:15] Lines in the sand
[24:23] Information is beautiful awards pt. 2
[25:19] Our favorite entry: “Spotlight of profitability”
[31:55] Wrapping up the contests
[33:07] Mo’s rant on outrageous RFPs
Visualizations Discussed in Detail
Some of you voiced the need to have more to see before listening to the episode. Here are the main visuals we discuss in details (click on the images to have a higher resolution version).
E-Cube-Librium - Visualizing Marathon 2011 Grand Prize Winner
(see how it works: http://invent.ge/ecube-how)
Spotlight of Profitability (see 2nd entry in the list) – Information is Beautiful Awards
(Our favorite entry for IBA)
Contests Mentioned in the Episode
As usual, let us know what you think. Criticism is welcome.
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Hi Folks, in this episode we discuss the goods and bads of animated visualization:
03:26 – Introducing Data Stories
06:05 – Data Animation Kitsch
14:40 – Using Animation Interactively
17:54 – Scientific Research on Animation
27:17 – Eye-candy and the 2D vs. 3D Debate
29:37 – Engagement and “Data Entertainment”
31:19 – Contests and Marathons
41:07 – Conclusion
Here are some useful links to follow the discussion.
Well-crafted round-up article by Andy Kirk
Research papers on animation.
What do you think of animation in visualization? Is it effective? Can you resist the allure?
Enrico and Moritz are happy to introduce Data Stories, a podcast on data visualization and anything concerning data, from art to statistics.
Enrico writes fellinlovewithdata.com and he is a data visualization researcher. Moritz writes well-formed-data.net and he is a data visualization freelancer.
The idea of creating a podcast started taking shape when Enrico interviewed Moritz on “How to Become a Data Visualization Freelancer“. We got a such a positive feedback and we had so much fun that we thought: “Hey, what about doing it regularly?”. So, here we are with Data Stories.
We are podcasts lovers and noticed there is no podcast on data visualization around, so we created the one we would like to listen. Many of the interesting discussions in the field today come from the alternative perspectives of people with different backgrounds. Enrico is an academic, Moritz a designer. Unfortunately, we happen to agree too much and too often on too many things, but there is still space for some fights!
Each episode is organized around one specific hot topic or area we like. We’d also love to make the podcast as interactive as possible, so if you have anything special you would like appear in the podcast drop us a line! We also plan to have special guests. Again, if you want to suggest anyone (yourself included) let us know.
Data Stories is pretty much work in progress but we are doing our best to provide a solid and pleasurable program. Please help us making Data Stories a success and let us know what you think.
Enrico & Moritz