Love your data: Math & design

By Kerry Powell

Session 2 on the Learn-it side: Design & Data

Facilitator: Tamara Stecyk
Speakers: Lucas TimmonsTanya Camp

Things we learned from Lucas’s Math for Journalists presentation:

1. Ignorance isn’t bliss.

2. Lucas likes baseball.

3. Simpson’s paradox = if you think you know the answer, you’re probably wrong.

4. The singingbanana can help you understand math in a fun way.

Damn. I’m seriously not smart enough to try to boil this down. Fortunately, Lucas blogged this presentation on the Online News Association blog.

Want more? He recommends reading How to Lie With Statistics, by Darrell Huff.

kat_szabs11:51am via Twitter for Mac

.@lucastimmons gives us reason not to get the math wrong: “You’ll be the example up here when I’m doing this presentation.”#yegmediacamp

And now, Tanya Camp with Making the story behind data come to life. And, lucky for me, she posted her presentation here.

Some highlights:

journalistjeff11:26am via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

Infographics tell a story, while data visualizations are graphical representations of the info, allowing users to find story. #yegmediacamp

SavageTiner11:29am via HootSuite

1. Show don’t tell 2. Use common icons 3. Check scale 4. Apply color wisely 5. Reduce clutter 6. Find simplexity @tanyacamp #yegmediacamp
journalistjeff11:30am via ÜberSocial for BlackBerry

Less is more, if it adds ink but not data, it’s not valuable. And don’t assault people’s senses with colours, shapes and mess.#yegmediacamp
marksuits11:38am via TweetDeck

Agree! RT @TamaraStecyk: Use bar graphs because it’s easier for our minds to perceive the difference rather than pie charts. #yegmediacamp
TamaraStecyk11:44am via TweetDeck

@jaypalter @focuscom @tanyacamp and @paper_leaf make infographics in #yeg.#yegmediacamp
britl11:40am via Twitpic

Does this count? #yegmediacamp#venndiagram #needtolearnthis

TamaraStecyk11:56am via TweetDeck

Here’s my attempt (from Tagxedo).