Prepare to Design the Future
March 19–20, 2017: Training
March 20–22, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Francisco, CA

Data visualizations that expand your visual literacy

Julia Rodriguez (Eagle Investment Systems)
4:25pm–5:05pm Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Level: Beginner
Average rating: ****.
(4.80, 5 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Designers, experience designers, and product owners and managers

What you'll learn

  • Learn new approaches to traditional charts and graphs and new visual design methods that provide a greater perspective of the data


Many data displays are compromised representations that may limit our ability to understand the full story or lead us to shortsighted conclusions. Between multiple screen displays, tables of data, and basic charts that only show a limited perspective of the data, we are often left with subpar tools to combine and analyze data. Collectively, we know we need to improve our data experiences, as well as our ability to see the main issues, discover the hidden details, make connections, and compare the top ideas. Increasing amounts of data only heighten the need to do more with the data we have and ensure our decisions are well considered. As a result, we also need better methods to navigate data and extract multiple questions from datasets so that our follow up queries are only a click away.

Julie Rodriguez draws upon examples from her book Visualizing Financial Data to show you how to turn your raw data into meaningful information. Along the way, Julie shares new visual design methods that provide a greater perspective of the data through embedded context, adjustments to commonly used charts, and new chart types that are easier to read and comprehend.

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Julia Rodriguez

Eagle Investment Systems

Julie Rodriguez is vice president of product management and user experience at Eagle Investment Systems. An experience designer focusing on user research, analysis, and design for complex systems, Julie has patented her work in data visualizations for MATLAB and publishes industry articles on user experience and data analysis and visualization. She is the coauthor of Visualizing Financial Data, a book about visualization techniques and design principles that includes over 250 visuals depicting quantitative data.