Thursday, April 2, 2020
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

As the amount and availability of data grows rapidly, being able to visualize and communicate data and data analysis has become increasingly important. Organizations tasked with producing, releasing, and analyzing large amounts of data can more effectively do so by understanding how to visualize their data. In this ongoing virtual series, Urban Institute senior fellow Jonathan Schwabish chats with leaders in data communication about how to improve the ways they visualize, present, and analyze their data.

These casual chats start with a conversation between Jon and the guest and are then opened up to attendees. All discussions are recorded for later viewing.


Upcoming discussions

Gregor Aisch and Lisa Charlotte Rost | Thursday, April 2, 10:00–11:00 a.m. EDT | Register Here
Gregor Aisch is cofounder and chief technology officer at Datawrapper, a data visualization charting tool based in Berlin, and Lisa Charlotte Rost is a designer and blogger at Datawrapper. We’ll talk about the current and future state of Datawrapper and similar tools and answer all your Datawrapper questions. @lisacrost @driven_by_data

Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner | Friday, April 3, 2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT | Register Here
Enrico Bertini is an associate professor at New York University, and Moritz Stefaner works as a “truth and beauty operator” in data visualization from his home in Germany. Together, Bertini and Stefaner host the Data Stories podcast. We’ll talk about what they’re doing now and how they blazed the trail for podcasts about data visualization. @FILWD @moritz_stefaner

Registration is required to join each event.

Previous discussions

Nigel Holmes | Thursday, March 19, 2:00–3:00 p.m. (EDT) | Watch Recording Here
To kick things off, Jon is joined by Nigel Holmes, a graphic designer, author, and theorist. You might know him from his work at Time magazine. Nigel is the perfect guest to premiere this Discussion series because he can talk about teaching data visualization and design to kids. @nigelblue

Ann Emery | Friday, March 20, 1:00–2:00 p.m. (EDT) | Watch Recording Here
Jon’s friend Ann Emery joined to talk about her dataviz work, travel, and creating good-looking reports. And because Ann has her own great virtual classes, they talk about what it takes to have an awesome home office and webinar setup. @AnnKEmery

RJ Andrews | Monday, March 23, 3:00–4:00 p.m. (EDT) | Watch Recording Here
Author RJ Andrews joined the Discussion series to talk about his new Kickstarter campaign for his cool California map, plus whatever weird and arcane topic is at the top of his mind. @infowetrust

Allison Feldman | Tuesday, March 24, 2:00–3:00 p.m. (EDT) | Watch Recording Here
Allison is a design specialist at the Urban Institute. Jon and Allison chat about her design work and her love of Figma. They also talk about her cover design for the recently-published Elevate the Debate book. Allison at the Urban Institute.

Andy Kirk | Wednesday, March 25, 10:00–11:00 a.m. (EDT) | Watch Recording Here
Data visualization specialist Andy Kirk joins the Discussion series to talk about his work, his data visualization roundups, and much more. Lots to cover. @visualisingdata

Harry Stevens | Thursday, March 26, 2:00–3:00 p.m. (EDT) | Watch Recording Here
If you haven’t seen Harry Stevens’s great new animated and interactive data visualization about COVID-19 at the Washington Post, you’re missing out. Harry will talk about the project and maybe give a behind-the-scenes look. @Harry_Stevens

Echo Rivera | Friday, March 27, 12:00–1:00 p.m. (EDT) | Watch Recording Here
Echo helps people create better reports and presentations. She has a number of virtual webinars, so, among other things, we’ll spend some time talking about how to work better when you’re home. @echoechoR

Graham MacDonald and Claire Bowen | Monday, March 30, 1:00–2:00 p.m. (EDT) | Watch Recording Here
Graham is the chief data scientist and Claire is the lead data scientist for privacy and data security at the Urban Institute. We’ll talk about their current work and how they’re helping researchers understand data security and privacy in the age of big data. @GrahamIMac @ClaireMKBowen

Rob Santos and Diana Elliott | Tuesday, March 31, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT
Rob Santos is chief methodologist and a vice president at the Urban Institute, and Diana Elliott is a senior research associate in Urban’s Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population. Last year, they published several products about the 2020 Census. We’ll talk about their work and how the coronavirus pandemic threatens the census. @_Rob_Santos @dianabelliott

Manuel Lima | Wednesday, April 1, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EDT
Manuel Lima is the author of three books and a leading voice on information visualization. He has worked with an array of organizations designing digital experiences and leading product teams. We’ll talk about his love of circles and trees, and more. @mslima


Until further notice, all Urban Institute events will be online or postponed. There will be no in-person event attendance option. We feel a responsibility to take extra precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19 unintentionally and to ensure the health and well-being of our attendees, staff, partners and communities. We look forward to having you join our events virtually.

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