Jacob Martinez, Founder and Executive Director of Digital NEST.
Jacob Martinez, Founder and Director of Digital NEST. Digital NEST is a workforce development hub that helps young people in rural communities find well-paying jobs.

Several months ago, I created a call to action to address how data literacy can be leveraged to provide better career opportunities for underserved communities. I believe having a familiarity and ease with data is a critical skill set that will help us navigate a changing workforce. …

Narrative + Visuals = Engage Clear and concise communication along with impactful visualization draws the audience in and grabs their attention. This visual portrays the actions of staying nimble and thinking outside the box. It sets the tone for our story. Illustration by Veronika Hammond

Crafting a story around data may seem like an unnecessary, time consuming effort. The insights may seem sufficient to stand on their own but this is a flawed point of view. Our decisions are not based solely on logic. When you tell a story with data, you create a shared…

The Domino Sugar Factory was one of several sugar factories located in Northern Brooklyn. Having once produced more than half the sugar consumed in the US in the early 20th century, this NYC landmark represents the industrial waterfront this area was. Photo: Paul Raphaelson

Addressing Racial Inequity Using Data

When I started writing this call to action at the beginning of 2020, I had no idea I would experience two life changing events. In fact, I don’t think that anyone thought that we would be navigating a global pandemic as well as long overdue talks on racism in America…

Picture of an engine and how the spark plug is important.
Ben Jones’ comparison of human intuition being a spark plug is a great metaphor. Spark plugs play an important role in how your car functions. Without properly working spark plugs, your car more than likely wouldn’t be able to run at all. Likewise, intuition is the spark plug that ultimately keeps your organization moving. Photo Credit: Cars 24

Ben Jones is the Founder and CEO of Data Literacy, LLC. He’s currently on a mission to help people speak the language of data. I’ve had the opportunity to talk to him about data literacy several times since I’ve started my own mission. Ben Jones’ book Avoiding Data Pitfalls has…

Photo of Vince Dixon, Data Journalist
Vince Dixon is a data visualization reporter at Eater where he works with storytellers to visualize data about food and the restaurant industry. He previously was a news applications fellow at ProPublica and holds a MS in Interactive Publishing from Northwestern University.

Vince Dixon is a self proclaimed “Story Craftsmen” who “tells real stories using reporting, code, data and visuals.” He’s currently a data visualization reporter at Eater and works with a team of storytellers to visualize data about food and the restaurant industry. …

Pedro Cruz and his colleagues from Northeastern University created a “dendrographic” that portrays the United States as a living organism that highlights its diversity. This visualization has won two awards at the 2018 Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards. It won gold in the People, Language & Identity category and the main prize for most beautiful visualization. Illustration — Northeastern University

The United States frequently dons the moniker “the melting pot” a name that is deep rooted in our history of immigration. As of late, there has been a resurgence in dialogue about the impact of immigration on our economy. This is a cyclical occurrence. This history and data has been…

According to magazine, 95% of Fortune 500 CEO’s played college sports. These former student athletes bring leadership skills, honed from the playing field, to the workplace. Their training has conditioned them to recognize the importance of teamwork and setting goals as well as dealing with conflict and adversity. The story…

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade dashboard maps out the voyages of the slave trade that disrupted the lives of 12.5M enslaved African people over the course of 400 years. The author, Spencer Baucke, created it to challenge our perspective and understanding of ourselves and society.

Spencer Baucke recently created an interactive dashboard that maps out the tragic voyages of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. The Atlantic slave trade involved the transportation by slave traders of enslaved African people, mainly to the Americas from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The vast majority of those who were…

Duncan Clark is the CEO of award-winning visualization studio Kiln which incubated Flourish. Duncan is passionate about data journalism and aspires for Flourish to enable his clients to create high-end visualizations.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with the co-founder and CEO of Flourish, Duncan Clark. Flourish is a self-service tool that allows non-coders to create high-end visualizations and stories. …

Siddharth Dayama discusses data visualization and his “non-linear” career journey. One interesting thing I learned about Sid is that he takes flying lessons. He explains that cruising at 8,000 feet incites his love for geo-spatial mapping and that he gets some of his best visualization ideas after completing a lesson.

I recently had the opportunity to discuss data visualization with a former colleague, Siddharth Dayama, or Sid for short, Senior Manager at Verizon. Sid leads a team of analysts in building dashboard solutions that democratizes data in an intuitive and visual form for business leaders to consume. Sid’s artistic nature…

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Creating transcendent stories that share the importance of data narratives and how they impact our world. Twitter: @aldatavizguy

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