This workshop introduces participants to design thinking and is helpful to those who want to learn about ways to effectively present their data and maps. This workshop is presented by Nahila Ahsan who has a background in the social sciences and has experience working in program evaluation and community development; she also has experience working with people from a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences. Part of her job consists of visualizing various datasets and creating maps. Her answer to many questions related to visualization is “it depends” and “who is your audience?”
This workshop will be presentation/lecture style format but will also involve participants in discussion and exercises. This workshop will introduce various data visualization principles and practices that are applicable to maps but other graphics/charts that may accompany maps.
The presentation will inform participants on different issues such as user needs and characteristics, work flow and processes, various tip and tricks, and share various resources and tools related to data visualization (i.e. theoretical and practical, such as cartography books and online tools (e.g. ColorBrewer)).
Participants will be asked to bring in maps created by themselves or others to demonstrate maps they believe are aesthetically pleasing and/or impactful. Participants will also be asked to share current or past maps for feedback from the class as feedback can be very helpful for visualization. In case participants do not provide maps, the presenter will have a number of maps for a demonstration/interactive exercise.