How visualization can mislead us - and what we can do about it


Location: Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library (View on map )

Alberto Cairo

Alberto Cairo, Ph.D., Knight Chair in Visual Journalism, School of Communication, University of Miami, will talk about the myths of data visualizations. Scientists, designers, and journalists who creat data visualizations often believe that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” that we should “show, don’t tell,” and that data should speak for itself. They also believe that visualizations are intuitive and useful to simplify information. This talk explains why these myths — if taken at face value — are wrong and dangerous, and what we can do to become better readers and designers of data visualizations.

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