Schedule: Design sessions

The Design track tackles how we engineer the outcomes we want from the data we have, in the form of interfaces that compel and inform.

Location: Palace Suite - Buckingham Room Level: Non-technical
Marc Garrett (Intridea), Maggie Lubberts (Intridea)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
We're getting better all the time. See how the Cato Institute used responsive design and D3.js to show how human development indicators improve as economic freedom spreads. Read more.
Location: King's Suite - Balmoral Level: Non-technical
Average rating: ***..
(3.31, 16 ratings)
How Stuff Spreads looks at how two recent memes spread online: Gangnam Style vs Harlem Shake. The talk dissects the memes through the lens of big data to show what made them go viral, what do they have in common, how quantitative and qualitative analysis have to come together to craft insights and tell a story, and finally how to predict future memes and create a data-driven content strategy. Read more.
Location: Palace Suite - Blenheim Room Level: Non-technical
Julie Freeman (Queen Mary University of London)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
A vending machine that dispenses crisps in response to financial news, laser sketches from 4000 years of solar eclipse data, and a mural created from QR codes acting as cellular automata. Featuring a diverse exploration of data, the ODI will showcase art commissioned and curated for its on-going Data as Culture programme which facilitates artists to explore data as an art material. Read more.
Location: King's Suite - Balmoral Level: Intermediate
yodit stanton (
Average rating: ***..
(3.38, 8 ratings)
Medical treatments have have come a long away in the last couple of decades. On the other hand, we could be doing a lot better in monitoring people within their own homes between hospital visits using sensors. Sensors combined with Big Data technologies are set to bring about profound changes for the future of health and social care. Read more.
Location: Palace Suite - Buckingham Room Level: Non-technical
Shelley Evenson (Fjord)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
This session will cover the rapidly changing way that machines are taking on different parts of our lives, making decisions for us and altering our lives with our own data. Shelley Evenson will address how designers need to keep their human focus in order to truly capitalise on the benefits of big data without allowing technology to take over. Read more.
Location: Palace Suite - Buckingham Room Level: Intermediate
James Stewart (, James Abley (Government Digital Service)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 3 ratings)
The UK Government team behind the GOV.UK website talk about their work on the Performance Platform, a suite of services and a cultural shift taking people away from immensely detailed value stream maps about a call-centre and paper process (which might be an inherently 5-day long journey), to something that's digital, lightweight, fast and pleasant to use. Read more.
Location: King's Suite - Sandringham Level: Non-technical
Average rating: ****.
(4.80, 5 ratings)
Communicating Data Clearly describes how to draw clear, concise, accurate graphs that are easier to understand than many of the graphs one sees today. The tutorial emphasizes how to avoid common mistakes that produce confusing or even misleading graphs. Graphs for one, two, three, and many variables are covered as well as general principles for creating effective graphs. Read more.


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