All charts lie. Some lie more than others

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Alberto Cairo of University of Miami
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 8 at 4:45pm
  • Location: Grand Ballroom II
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Most journalists and the public believe that charts, graphs, maps and infographics are “intuitive,” “easy to understand” and perfect for a time when “nobody reads anymore.” They also buy into clichés such as “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This talk will dispel all these myths and, in the process, provide some guidance on how to design better visualizations that tell a more accurate story.

Speaker Bios

  • Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami and the director of the Visualization Program at UM's Center for Computational Science. He's been a graphics director a media publications in Spain and Brazil, and he's currently a consultant for companies like Google. He's also the author of several books about visualization, such as 'How Charts Lie' (2019) and 'The Truthful Art' (2016). @albertocairo

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