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  • Becoming a Data Scientist On The Web, With SVG with Brian Suda

Smashing Workshop with Brian Suda on Becoming a Data Scientist On The Web, With SVG (June 19th 2014, New York)

Quick Overview

As more and more devices are tracking, checking in and tweeting, we suffer under the deluge of data. A good data scientist needs to be able to wade through everything to find and tell the underlying story.

This workshop will get you started by guiding you through the basics of chart and graph design. From reducing clutter and telling the right story, a clear and concise graphic is key to understanding and improving your craft. We'll look at the use of SVG as part of the workflow to easily create charts and graphs programmatically as well as why SVG is an ideal format for creating vector graphs for the web and print.

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Full Product Description

SVG is an old technology that has only recently become a viable option to use. All modern browsers support vector graphs and with high resolution displays, crisp, smooth images are becoming more and more important. We'll go through the hows and whys behind SVG and HTML.

This workshop is the foundation needed to progress from basic, atomic charts and graphs into more complex visualizations. You first need to conquer the basics, understand the niche uses for each graph type, then apply everything you learn to complex visualizations and infographics. After this workshop, you will be capable of tackling any data-driven design problem.

Data scientist is predicted to be one of the hottest jobs in the near future, don’t you want to be onboard?

Who is the workshop for?
For anyone who is interested in getting started in this field, folks who end-up wearing 10 hats at work and one is “make this report look pretty” or even people who are fed-up with pedestrian Excel charts and are taking it into their own hands to improve the situation. You hire a professional copy-editor and proofreader, but ignore the visualizations – now you can be that expert. You will need to be comfortable with any text-editor and have a basic knowledge of an illustration program such as Illustrator or Inkscape etc.

What will you learn?
  • Introduction to Making Stories from Data
  • Chart and Graph Types
  • Highlighting Change in Charts and Graph
  • How using 3D effects Data Translation
  • Data to Ink Ratio
  • Perception of Colour
  • Exercise One
  • Visualisations and Storytelling
  • Exercise Two
  • Findings of Exercise

Workshop Schedule
  • 8:30 Doors open, Registration
  • 9:00 Introduction & Kick-off
  • 11:00 Coffee Break
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Afternoon Session
  • 15:00 Coffee Break
  • 17:00 The End, Networking

Workshop includes
  • Snacks and drinks during the whole day
  • Tea and coffee
  • Lunch
  • Paper and pen/pencil

What hardware/software do you need?
Please bring your own laptop (Mac or Win) with your favorite text editor.

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