November 2016

November 2016 Meeting

November 16, 2016 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A Framework for Checking and Tuning Up Data Graphics: Lessons from 10+ Years of Blogging

Over 10 years ago, I started the Junk Charts blog, the first website dedicated to data visualization criticism. The blog is widely regarded as a key resource for practitioners in the field, containing discussion of many hundreds of charts and graphics that have appeared in the popular press. I will discuss the key components of the Trifecta Checkup, the general framework for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of dataviz products. The framework draws connections between our emotional response to data visualization and the specific choices made by designers. I will demonstrate how to use the Trifecta framework to tune up your own charts. Finally, I offer some tips for those interested in starting a blog.


Kaiser Fung

Kaiser Fung

Speaker, Author, Advisor, Educator, Founding Director of Master of Science in Applied Analytics at Columbia University

Kaiser Fung is the founding director and a faculty member of the new Master of Science in Applied Analytics at Columbia University. He is the creator of Junk Charts, an influential blog on data visualization, as well as author of two books on statistical thinking, Numbers Rule Your World and Numbersense. His commentary on statistics and data visualization has been featured in Harvard Business Review, The Daily Beast, American Scientist, Wired, FiveThirtyEight, Slate and CNN. He also teaches statistical reasoning for rSQUAREedge, a training program for people transitioning careers into data science. Previously, he held leadership positions in business analytics at various companies, including American Express, SiriusXM Radio and Vimeo.