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How Charts Lie -- Getting Smarter About Visual Information

Enthusiasm about data visualization has exploded in the past decade, with professionals from varied disciplines adopting it as a tool for discovery and communication. This is great news, as visualization is indeed a language that is as powerful as it is flexible. However, many views about how we should design and interpret visualizations are still naive. Many journalists, designers, and analysts think, for instance, that a data map or graph alone can “prove” a statement or opinion, or that visualizations are always intuitive, univocal, and unambiguous. This talk debunks those myths and many others surrounding visualization.

Keynote speaker: Alberto Cairo

Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami. He’s also the director of the visualization program at UM’s Center for Computational Science. Cairo has been a director of infographics and multimedia at news publications in Spain and Brazil, and a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Besides teaching at UM, he works as a freelancer and consultant for companies like Google. He’s the author of the upcoming book How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter About Visual Information (Fall of 2019), and others such as The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization (2012) and The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication (2016)

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