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Why Your Organization Needs a Data Visualization Style Guide

Last updated: 03-29-2021

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Why Your Organization Needs a Data Visualization Style Guide

Our April event is a new talk from renowned economist and author Jon Schwabish. Every organization that produces data visualizations to communicate their research should create a data visualization style guide. A data visualization style guide does for graphs what the Chicago Manual of Style does for English grammar. It defines the components of a graph and their proper, consistent use. Like a writing style guide, a comprehensive data visualization style guide breaks down the parts of graphs, charts, and tables to demonstrate best practices and strategies to design and style your charts. Elements like font and color, the widths of lines and style gridlines, and the use of tick marks are all choices that determine whether a graph is clear, engaging, and consistent—or whether it isn’t. I’ll argue why a data visualization style guide is useful, what a style guide should include, and steps you can follow to develop a style guide. Hosted by the Dallas-Fort Worth DataViz Meetup Group, this virtual event is being shared with multiple DataViz Meetup groups across the country. YOU MUST REGISTER TO GET THE LINK! Step 1 - RSVP here on Meetup to see the Online Event link. Step 2 - Click the Online Event Link now to register for the Zoom webinar. You will get an email from Zoom with the link to connect. SCHEDULE: (Central time) 6:00 - Group Announcements 6:15 - Why Your Organization Needs a Data Visualization Style Guide - Jon Schwabish 7:00 - Q&A 7:30 - Signed book giveaway SPEAKER: Dr. Jonathan Schwabish is an economist, writer, teacher, and creator of policy-relevant data visualizations. He is considered a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in how researchers communicate their findings. His new latest book, Better Data Visualizations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks (https://amzn.to/3rewbMR) details essential strategies to create more effective data visualizations. He is on Twitter @jschwabish. PARKING: It's virtual! You're at home so parking is FREE! FOOD & DRINKS: You're not driving anywhere, so drink what you want in the comfort of your own home. Sorry we can't provide any refreshments fo this event. :(

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