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5 Inspiring Data Visualization TED Talks

May 27, 2016

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Ann Marie Gribble, Digital Marketer

Data visualization and data science are currently hot topics for businesses. Being able to visualize data in a way that is understood by the masses is an essential skill for data analysts.

Data visualization and data science are currently hot topics for businesses. Being able to visualize data in a way that is understood by the masses is an essential skill for data analysts.

As regular watchers and big fans of TED talks, we've come across many excellent talks on the topic. These are just 5 of the many dataviz topics that we have found not only inspirational but help keep us up to date on the latest developments in the field.

1 - David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization

 

David McCandless focuses on the importance of giving data context through depth, color, and ‘visual relief’. If you ask the right questions, intersecting things can emerge that will surprise you. Become a data detective with this TED talk.

2 - JoAnn Kuchera-Morin: Stunning data visualization in the AlloSphere

 

You’ll know exactly what an Allosphere is after this amazing talk! So many new possibilities open up with new ways to visualize your data through immersion.

3 - Aaron Koblin: Visualizing ourselves ... with crowd-sourced data

 

Watch the endless possibilities of what you can do with crowd sourced data. Be inspired to investigate what people would be willing to contribute to. It will really surprise you, I promise!

4 - Chris Jordan: Turning powerful stats into art

 

Bring new and powerful context to your visualizations. The simple pictograph is not enough, be inspired by these amazing visualizations displaying devastating/crucial statistics.

5 - Eric Berlow and Sean Gourley: Mapping ideas worth spreading:

 

Discover how these two data scientists create 3d visualizations displaying interconnected nodes of information. See connections that would not have been apparent otherwise.

Bonus: 

No list on this topic would be complete without Hans Roslings entertaining and educating video on the best stats you’ve ever seen! Check it out here! 

Inspiration for data visualizations come from a variety of places. A great place to start are talks just like these. You can see what’s already out there and what new and exciting projects are being worked on!

Tell us what your favorite Ted talk (or any talk) has been recently! We’d love to watch and share it!

About the author

Ann Marie Gribble, Digital Marketer

One of the newest members of the team, Ann Marie fits perfectly between Software Development and Design in order to spread the word about our product.

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