Purpose-Driven Data Visualization with Alberto Cairo

Purpose-Driven Data Visualization with Alberto Cairo

Alberto responds to the following questions during the recording:

00:00 – Introduction

01:24 – Data visualization and it’s importance

07:18 – Patterns that you find yourself repeating when creating visual data

15:30 – Situations in which annotations would be used to explain findings

18:53 – Signs that your chart is overcomplicated and methods to make complicated charts more understandable

24:18 – There is the famous quote by Feynman- “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.” Suggestions for chart developers to help them be honest with themselves.

28:33 – Importance of the cognitive domain of attention from a designer point of view

34:34 – Resources and trainings that you suggest to become literate on the topic or gain “graphicacy”

35:37 – Your books and how to keep up with your work




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James Pann, Ph.D. is a Professor at Nova Southeast University and a highly experienced psychologist and evaluator with nearly 25 years of experience. He conducts research and evaluation projects with non-profit organizations in the fields of health, human services, and education, and has received funding from multiple government agencies.

James holds multiple degrees including a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, an M.S. Ed. from the University of Miami, and a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the host of the EvalNetwork podcast, a frequent conference presenter, and has published several peer-reviewed research articles and co-authored a book. James currently resides in Miami, Florida with his family and enjoys backpacking trips. Find out more about his work here.


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