Recap: Our Data Is Beautiful Conversation on Reddit


We had a great time chatting with listeners yesterday during our Reddit Ask Me Anything! We covered a lot of ground talking about data visualization techniques, software, aesthetics, strategies for freelancing, and our favorite Data Stories guest. (Spoiler alert: We don’t have one!)

Thanks so much to everyone who joined us!  

On our thoughts about statistics:

rhieverCan you remember a time where the use of statistics dramatically changed your opinion on something? A scenario where the stats disproved many of your preconceived notions about a topic?

MoritzStefanerWhen I heard that 89% of statistics are made up, that sort of made me think.

ebertini: I don’t have one off the top of my head. This would come as a surprise but rarely I find statistics very convincing as an argument. Most of the time I can see how limited they are. There are always some other statistics that are not shown and would be needed to have a much better picture of a given problem.

On our favorite data visualizations:

zonination: What, of all the dataviz you’ve seen, would you consider to be the most beautiful? What about the most effective or compelling?

MoritzStefaner: My all time favorite are pretty much everything from Wattenberg/Viegas, Ben Fry, Jonathan Harris.

ebertini: Ah! Jonathan Harris! The best in terms of emotional impact. Absolutely love his work.

ebertini: I am of course biased here but I think Moritz’s work is the one that best achieves the right balance between beauty and effectiveness. The Better Life Index is a really good example of this balance.

MoritzStefaner: Ooh, Enrico did you delete all our past recordings, or why are you getting so cosy here? Something must be up 😀

And, of course, the age-old question:

eagereyes_org: Who’s really your favorite, Robert or Andy?

ebertiniRobert (much better accent)

MoritzStefaner: OK, I’ll take Andy (or who was the funny Austrian guy again? They are so hard to tell apart – almost like twins!)

MoritzStefaner: Has anyone ever seen Andy and Robert in the same room, at the same time? #justsayin

Couldn’t make the chat? Want more? Check out the whole conversation on Reddit!

Tomorrow: Ask Us Anything on Reddit!


Hey folks, good news! Because we had so much fun at our Data Stories Meetup last month, we are going to host an Ask Me Anything conversation on Reddit tomorrow, November 3rd at 1 pm EST!

Stop by to ask us all your questions about the podcast or data visualization. Let us know how we can improve the show or suggest new guests you’d like to hear from. We are super curious to hear your thoughts and questions!

Stay tuned for a link to the Reddit conversation. We’ll post it tomorrow morning.
Update: Here’s the link!

Talk to you there!

— Enrico and Moritz

Introducing Data Stories

Hi Folks,

Enrico and Moritz are happy to introduce Data Stories, a podcast on data visualization and anything concerning data, from art to statistics.

Enrico writes and he is a data visualization researcher. Moritz writes 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

Our zeroest episode

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