Join Bill Shander for an in-depth discussion in this video Complexity, part of Data Visualization: Storytelling.
- [Voiceover] I spend a lot of time talking…about simplifying ideas, all about reducing…and limiting and narrowing the focus,…and I stand by that 100%, less is always better.…However, it's important that I add that sometimes…you need to explain a lot, so less is still better,…but that can't always mean one image,…on word, or one paragraph.…Complex ideas require complexity to a degree.…When in doubt, reduce and simplify and limit,…but don't run from complexity when it's required.…I've shown this example other places in this course.…
This is an example of an academic project,…actually looking at MBTA subway data from Boston,…and Boston is the fourth busiest subway system…in the United States, there is a lot of data to look at.…And this project looked at the data…from a bunch of different directions,…so essentially they told the story of the trains,…and so what we're looking at here is a visualization…of every single train, each line represents a train…leaving one station and arriving at another station,…and the time over which the travel occurred.…
Join data visualization expert Bill Shander as he guides you through the process of turning "facts and figures" into "story" to engage and fulfill our human expectation for information. This course is intended for anyone who works with data and has to communicate it to others, whether a researcher, a data analyst, a consultant, a marketer, or a journalist. Bill shows you how to think about, and craft, stories from data by examining many compelling stories in detail.
- Creating a narrative structure for data
- Applying narrative to data
- Identifying what you want to say with the data
- Analyzing what your data is saying
- Determining what your audience needs to hear
- Leveraging tables, charts, and visuals
- Ensuring your narrative provides context and direction