15 things I’m doing after OpenVisConf 2017

Today was the last day of the incredible OpenVisConf in Boston. I’m still digesting everything from the two days of talks, but here is my general plan.

1. Taking screenshots of my work in progress. So many of the talks had in-progress shots that showed their design and thought process and it made everything easier to follow.

2. Do more medium sized dataviz projects. I might not be able to crank out one every month, but I should do more smaller viz projects like I used to.

3. Turn my network graphs into scatterplots

4. Do at least one map project this year

5. Figure out what REGL is before the author is killed by a volcano

6. Try out WTFCSV

7. Build a particle viz for support tickets with Trello data.

8. Do more of those “draw the chart” tests that the New York Times puts out.

9. Use simulation.find() in D3!

10. Learn more about veroni

11. Do some text data mining on Shakespeare using tidytext

12. Put chart colors/styles in our styleguide

13. See if I can use Vega-Lite to generate all possible chart types at once for a data set, such as automobile deaths.

14. Make some generative art based on http://bengarvey.com/bounce/gravity.html

15. Build some color palettes using Colorgorical

BONUS 16. Hope I get into the d3.express beta

VizWar @ Philly Tech Week 2014

Fellow RJMetrician Austin Lopez and I competed in a data visualization contest/hackathon called VizWars at WHYY last night. It was hosted by Acumen Analytics and Tableau.

NCAA 2014 Dendrogram
NCAA 2014 Dendrogram

The goal was to come up with the best visualization from either NCAA Basketball tournament statistics or Earthquake data they provided. This is what we came up with.

The D3 animation shows the progression of each round in a clustered dendrogram. Each team is colored to make it easier to follow their path through the tournament. We won Best Pro Team, although we would have loved another 20 minutes to get more things working. Our goal was to set the line thickness to various game metrics like point differential, # of fouls, turnovers, etc.

Out of 5 teams, we took the title of Best Pro Team (of which I think there were only two).

Launched: Evidensity for Highrise

HighriseFor the last few weeks I’ve been working on a new analytical dashboard tool for Highrise and it finally launches today! Read about it here.

In the launch post I talk about what makes Evidensity different from other tools and my worldview on sales dashboards:

  • Some people don’t want customizable line graphs
  • They want actionable intelligence about their data.
  • Sales pipelines are built on faulty assumptions and overly optimistic sales people
  • They should be built on historical data.
  • Your eyes and brain can handle it, so fit tons of data into one screen.