152  |  Year in Review 2019

Hi everyone! We are once again at the end of a whole year. After having “end of the year episodes” with other podcasters, going around the world, and chatting with Andy and Robert, we decided to try something different this time: we asked a group of data visualization professionals to send us an audio snippet summarizing what happened in specific areas of the field over the last year. The result is a great multifaceted collage of stories and personalities. See below who we have interviewed and what they talked about.

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Alberto Cairo on Data literacy


Amelia Wattenberger on Learning data visualization from a newcomer’s perspective

  • Data visualization society  
  • Figma (UI design tool)
  • Lots of free tutorials and ways to get started in data viz
    • Amelia’s bird’s eye view of the library
  • Challenge: awareness about where data comes from!
    • The erroneousness of considering data as “facts”
    • Show how data can be biased or misconstrued


Andy Kirk on Data tools


David Bauer on Data Journalism

  • Bar chart races! 🙂
  • From data-driven to data-inspired stories (more about people behind the data)
  • New focus on climate change / showing the data does not do the trick
  • Teams invest in tools! + role of Data Wrapper
  • David’s newsletter “Weekly Filet”

Elijah Meeks on Data viz within the industry 

  • Data visualization hitting the mainstream
  • First datavis president / Trump interested in the actual chart
  • Michelle Rial / beyond coffee table books / “Data Humanism”
  • Giorgia Lupi and her fashion line
  • Data vis no longer only a supplemental skill
    • DVS has 10000 members!
    • Tableau and Looker acquisition
    • Technical maturity of viz
  • No longer see the development of many new types of visualizations, we are more optimizing what we have
  • Not only limited to technical people

Jen Christiansen on Science communication 

Jessica Hullman on Viz research


Lauren Klein on Data ethics 

Book: Data Feminism, by Catherine d’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein 

Maarten Lambrecht on Xenographics

  • Some of the charts in the xenographics collection pop up in the wild 
  • Unsolved issue: data visualisation in education, both at lower as in higher levels of education
  • Tools: RAWGraphs

Maral Pourkazemi oDiversity and inclusion

  • Gender diversity in the field (women in the field lead a lot!)
  • More empowered. Taken more into consideration.


Mitchell Whitelaw on Viz localism


Paolo Ciuccarelli on Visualization & design

  • Interest in design as a discipline
  • Shift towards the human
  • Automating design
  • Data literacy
  • Tools: Raw Graphs (fundraising for v2.0)

Thomas Dahm on Data viz conferences