Design and typography do matter. It’s about hierarchy of information and how people perceive information. Done properly, that clean up work really matters. On the other hand, it’s easy to believe that it matters more than it does. If you make a fantastically interesting chart and some poor design decisions, the data will still come through. If you make a bad chart with a beautiful design, what have you done, really?
More than 80 journalists, students and educators took over the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism & Mass Communications on Saturday for a day of free digital training, brainstorming and connection with peers.
Head to journalists.org for our full list of session resources and quick takeaways from our weekend in Minneapolis. This includes notes from the 12 sessions and digital resources from the presenters, who included the New York Times’ Kevin Quealy, NPR’s Doug Mitchell, the Washington Post’s Yuri Victor, Placeblogger founder Lisa Williams, Tomorrow Magazine co-founder Amanda Hess, the Denver Post’s Daniel Petty and more.
We also recorded audio from a couple of these workshops. They’re available, along with audio from ONA12, on ONA’s SoundCloud page.
All photos: Jennifer Mizgata, ONA
The folks at Datavisualization.ch have pulled together a selection of tools that they work with on a daily basis and recommend. The selection includes “libraries for plotting data on maps, frameworks for creating charts, graphs and diagrams and tools to simplify the handling of data.” You can sort by whether or not you want to do your own coding.
Are there any tools that you love to use for building dataviz projects that they left off the list?
“Journalists have to be good at many things; that’s the nature of the field. But data journalists have to be good at even more things, especially considering how rapidly technology changes… When the next tool comes out, we’ll all need to relearn parts of our jobs, or take another look at our workflow. That’s why being a quick learner is integral to data journalism.”
Data journalist Kevin Schaul discusses building useful tools for newsrooms. The AP- Google Scholarship winner has already built three applications for newsrooms. Find out more about his projects and learn more about the $20,000 AP-Google Scholarship.
Lucas Timmons, 2011 MJ Bear Fellow, uses data to visualize a year in which homicides reached an all time high. Take a look at the tools his team used to make the interactive package.