Which chart should I use, and why? Information design for the human brain!

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Peter Aldhous of BuzzFeed News; Alexandra Kanik of Louisville Public Media
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 11 at 10:15am
  • Location: Colorado E
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

We'll explore how research into the ways people estimate numbers will change how you think about choosing charts to tell your stories. (And, no, it doesn't mean everything is a bar chart.) We'll also talk about using color and animation in ways that the human brain understands - intuitively.

Read a recap of this session on the CAR Conference blog

Speaker Bios

  • I’m a reporter on the science desk at BuzzFeed News, based in San Francisco. My data-driven projects have included the use of machine learning to find spy planes in public flight-tracking data and text analysis of the Twitter accounts of President Donald Trump and all members of Congress. @paldhous

  • Alexandra Kanik (@act_rational) works for Louisville Public Media, the parent organization of Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and the Ohio Valley ReSource. She spends her days writing language-agnostic code, creating data visualizations and trying to understand newsroom analytics.

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