65 | What Happened in Vis in 2015? Year Review with Andy Kirk and Robert Kosara

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Hey yo!

Another turn of the year is approaching and we take some time to reflect with our classic guests Andy Kirk and Robert Kosara on what has happened in 2015: “What where the major trends? Big debates? Best visualizations? New tools? Etc.” We’ve even put our predictions in writing — you can read them in our transcript of this episode here.

This was a great year for Data Stories, with a total of 22 episodes (our record so far!). We want to thank our fantastic collaborators Destry and Florian for their great support with running the show, our guests for spending time talking with us, and of course all of you for listening to Data Stories!

Happy 2016! Enjoy the holidays and we’ll see you on January with a ton of new stuff from our side. Stay tuned!


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Major Trends Of 2015

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Cartogram, NPR

  1. Cartograms, gridded maps (Collection of links in first item hereHexmaps, London map, Bear map)
  2. Machine learning / image processing, etc. (e.g. use of satellite images)
  3. 3D and VR (NYT Cardboard Experiment)
  4. Better storytelling
  5. Data podcasts
  6. Mobile vis

Major Debates/Issues

3. design&redesign
Design/Redesign

Great New Visualizations

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understanding neural networks through deep visualization

Research/Academic Developments

Connected Scatter Plots
CONNECTED SCATTER PLOT STUDY BY HAROZ, KOSARA AND FRANCONERI

Notable People, Companies, Studios

6. domestic data streamers
Domestic Data streamers

  • Bostock leaving NYT, Shan Carter, the rising star of Gregor Aisch
  • Chad Skelton leaving Vancouver Sun
  • Notable appointments at FT (Alan Smith OBE)

New Books

Book: Visualization Analysis and Design

New titles coming up:

7. cairo the truthful art

Blogs

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visualising data BLOG

  • This guy Andy’s website (Kantar Information Is Beautiful Award)
  • Visual Complexity – 10 years! 1000 projects!
  • Reddit AMAs (Alberto, Tamara, Robert, Nate Silver, Hadley Wickham, David McCandless, Nathan Yau, Mike Bostock)
  • Eagereyes (not new but still awesome)
  • Flowingdata

Podcasts

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Software / Libraries / Tools

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VOYAGER VISUALIZATION TOOL DEVELOPED AT IDL FROM UW

Events and specific talks

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What was your highlight?

What’s next in 2016? Wishes?

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Happy New Year Everyone!


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