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Schedule: Design sessions

Bruce Mau says that design is “the human capacity to plan and produce desired outcomes.” All of the data in the world won’t help if we can’t understand it, and if it doesn’t change our behavior. In the design track, we’ll tackle user experience, new interfaces, interactivity, and visualization. We’ll look at what it means to convey information, from designing compelling interfaces to guiding users through a complex, immersive user experience. We’ll consider not only the visual aspects of information architecture, but also the role of narrative, context, and interactivity.

Track Hosts

Julie Steele is the Content Editor for Strata at O'Reilly Media. She is co-author of Beautiful Visualization and Designing Data Visualizations. She finds beauty in exploring complex systems, and thinks in metaphors. She is particularly drawn to the visual medium as a way to understand and transmit information.

Jenn Webb is a veteran of the newspaper industry turned freelance scribe, editor and researcher. She is a nerd with a passion for technology and cultural disruption. She currently serves as O'Reilly Radar's online managing editor and is investigating the future of UX/UI design.

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GA Ballroom K
Michael Conover (LinkedIn)
Average rating: ****.
(4.42, 12 ratings)
A core element of product innovation and successful predictive modeling, information visualization plays a central role in effective data processing pipelines. In this talk, we will explore how the technologies and workflow patterns used by LinkedIn data scientists can be applied to analytical challenges found across a wide variety of problem domains. Read more.
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GA Ballroom K
Justin Langseth (Zoomdata, Inc.), Eva Andreasson (Cloudera)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)
Storing massive data is one challenge. Making it useful throughout all levels of a company in real time is quite another. The ability to intuitively sort, sift and analyze data through touch and gesture is here. We will review several case studies of how companies are creating an intuitive data driven cultures through Cloudera Search, leveraging Impala coupled with Zoomdata visualization. Read more.
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GA Ballroom K
Justin Langseth (Zoomdata, Inc.), Gus Hunt (CIA)
Average rating: **...
(2.75, 12 ratings)
The true power of big data will be realized when average people can use complex analytics to solve everyday problems. We will describe a future engagement model derived from work in the Intelligence Community, reviewing real-world use cases showing how user-centric design is transforming big data from a science requiring specialists to elegant visualizations that deliver insight to average users. Read more.
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GA Ballroom K
Leo Meyerovich (Graphistry)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 6 ratings)
Visualization is a weak link in big data tools: shoving 1MM rows into standard charts breaks their visual design and kills interactivity. In our mission to scale charts, we built the Superconductor language. It automatically compiles declarative visualizations into GPU code (WebCL+WebGL). This talk will explore how we're redesigning and optimizing core charts like heat maps and line graphs. Read more.
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GA Ballroom K
Ian Timourian (Paxata)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
Happy accidents can influence one's creative process. Ian Timourian will discuss his exploration of the algorithms and techniques utilized by the famous poet Gertrude Stein through visualization. Read more.
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GA Ballroom K
Brian Abelson (CSV Soundsystem), Thomas Levine (csv soundsystem)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
We have developed some open-source tools for building and scaling systems for realtime data analysis with data music videos and data gastronomification. We'll discuss the theory behind these two data analysis methods, and then we'll present case studies on how our tools are used to enable business analytics and instill a data-driven culture. Read more.
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GA Ballroom K
Shelley Evenson (Fjord)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 6 ratings)
This talk by Shelley Evenson, Executive Director of Organizational Evolution at Fjord, will outline the key tenets of designing for big data: the difference between using personal or aggregate data, how to identify and utilize data patterns, how to build trust, and ways to deliver ongoing value at the right moments. Read more.
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GA Ballroom K
Hadley Wickham (Rice University / RStudio)
Average rating: ****.
(4.92, 12 ratings)
A well-designed domain specific language makes all parts of the data science process easier. In this talk I'll discuss two DSLs implemented in R that make it data manipulation and visualisation both easier to describe and faster to compute. Read more.
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GA Ballroom K
Brian Granger (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)
Average rating: ****.
(4.56, 16 ratings)
The IPython Notebook is an open-source, web-based interactive computing environment that enables users to create documents that combine live code and data with text, equations, plots and HTML. In this talk I will describe a new interactive widget architecture for the Notebook that allows the seamless integration of JavaScript (d3.js,...) and Python for data exploration and visualization purposes. Read more.
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GA Ballroom K
Ryan Cunningham (ClipCard)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
We're failing at big data, and bigger technology isn't helping. Complex infrastructure shouldn't justify complicated experiences. Let's apply the principles of consumer app culture to enterprise decision-making in a way that goes beyond dashboards. Let's use design thinking and metadata to connect people to information in a world where complexity is inevitable and technology alone is insufficient. Read more.
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GA Ballroom K
Ben Fry (Fathom Information Design)
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 4 ratings)
Ben Fry, Principal, Fathom Read more.
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GA Ballroom K
Mark Troyer (Box, Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.50, 2 ratings)
You might think that art has nothing to do with dashboarding - dealing with your data architecture is an engineering/operations problem, right? On the contrary, understanding how to deal with your data in a way that is consumable by humans is fundamentally a design problem. Learn how art and design influenced the process for developing a new dashboarding tool called StatusWolf. Read more.
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Ballroom E
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Tuesday.
Scott Murray (University of San Francisco)
Average rating: ****.
(4.85, 13 ratings)
d3.js is a powerful tool for creating interactive charts on the web with data. But digging into D3 from scratch can make your head spin. This tutorial will take you from scattered to building your own working, interactive scatterplots in three hours. Read more.
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Room 204
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Tuesday.
Mike Stringer (Datascope Analytics), Dean Malmgren (Datascope Analytics), Laurie Skelly (Datascope Analytics)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 5 ratings)
As with many other types of projects, the most crucial part of any data-oriented project is choosing an appropriate problem or opportunity to focus on in the first place. Read more.