AAI Speaker Series With Howard Wainer: Live-Stream Registration
Civis, Smartphones, and Score Reports | November 15, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Civis, Smartphones, and Score Reports
Effective communication requires the same qualities as does being an effective citizen. In this talk we will explore how to improve different kinds of written communications, ranging over score reports for mental tests, health reports from medical tests, and the outcomes of other deliberative processes. These will be illustrated with some very fine examples and some that are considerably less so.
Graphs as Poetry: C.J. Minard, W.E.B. Du Bois and Visualizing the Great Migration
Visual displays of empirical information are too often thought to be just compact summaries that, at their best, can clarify a muddled situation. This is partially true, as far as it goes, but it omits the magic. We have long known that data visualization is an alchemist that can make good scientists great and transform great scientists into giants. In this talk we will see that sometimes, albeit too rarely, the combination of critical questions addressed by important data and illuminated by evocative displays can achieve a transcendent, and often wholly unexpected, result. At their best, visualizations can communicate emotions and feelings in addition to cold, hard facts.