April 2 & 3, 2020

Utrecht, the Netherlands


Conference 2020



Unfortunately we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the S-H-O-W conference due to the uncertainty about the coronavirus in the weeks to come. The health of the participants and speakers, are far more important than this definitely amazing event.



How can we help our audience to make more sense of data visualisations? How can we help to make it more understandable? One way is to work with rules. Rules about colour, axis, size, shapes, interactivity, etc. We can’t expect our audience to take the time to decode complex and beautiful visualisations, but we can design the conditions to aim for that. If we as practitioners use rules in a clear way, the reader can understand a data visualisation more intuitively. On the other hand, even with all the rules, every data visualisation is unique and different. The creativity is obviously in the rules. We can use the creativity to play around with and search for new and exiting ways of expression to connect with our audiences.

At the second S-H-O-W conference we will examine, learn and discuss the rules. We look at how to make them and break them.

The S-H-O-W conference exists of two parts: a conference (afternoon) and workshops / tracks & closing talks (the next day). The entire conference will be in English.


Schedule


Thursday, April 2

12.15 – 13.00        registration
13.00 – 13.10        SANDRA RENDGEN
BIO
Sandra Rendgen is Head of Design at Berlin-based visualisation studio Infographics Group. She has previously worked as an independent author, concept developer and strategic consultant with a focus on data visualisation, interactive media and the history of infographics. Her academic background is in art history and cultural theory. She is the author of several books in the field, most recently The Minard System and History of Infographics.

TALK
Sandra will be the moderator of the conference.
13.10 – 13.45        HANNAH DAVIS
BIO
Hannah Davis is a generative musician and researcher based in NYC. She is the creator of TransProse, which programmatically translates text into a musical piece with a similar emotional tone. Her generated music has been played at The Louvre, the BMW Museum, the Fabrica Alta, and others. Currently, she is recording an album using generative techniques.

TALK
In this talk, Hannah will show her experiments in data sonification - from translating books into music based on their emotional content, to creating musical stories from historical sound samples, to creating melodies from interesting datasets, to more recent experiments in generating music from video. She will talk about the overlaps with generative music, machine learning, and subjective data, and talk about the invisible structures that can create meaningful output.
13.45 – 14.20        SHADI EL HAJJ
BIO
Shadi El Hajj is a creative technology consultant operating at the intersection of software engineering, R&D and digital art. He has worked for international clients over the last 15 years, while creating digital dance performances, interactive installations and algorithmic visuals at international festivals.

TALK
Language and communication imply a set of mutually agreed upon rules and conventions, while aesthetic emotion often stems from unexpected relationships and metaphors, deviation from the norm, a sense of wonder and serendipity. In the context of data visualisation, developing a visual language comes with its own set of challenges, having been traditionally more concerned with conveying information clearly and factually. However, adding an emotional and experiential dimension to our visualisations can turn them into an efficient communication vector. We will be looking at strategies to semantically connect form to data and explore the emotional potential of metaphor, while still maintaining intelligibility and enabling rational decoding.
14.20 – 14.50        break
14.50 – 15.25        ANDY KIRK
BIO
Andy Kirk is a UK-based data visualisation specialist, consultant, trainer, author and researcher. He founded the website VisualisingData, where a lot of resources and references can be found. Andy delivers workshops on information visualisation and graphic literacy all around the world. In 2012 he wrote his first book on data visualisation (Data Visualisation: a succesfull design process). In 2016 he released his second book (Data Visualisation: a Handbook for Data Driven Design), that had a restyle in 2019.

TALK
"Design For Your Audience": OK, But How? In this talk Andy Kirk unpacks what it actually means to design for your audience. He will explore the different aspects of classifying audience characteristics around motivation, capability, capacity and pressure. Additionally, he'll look at the different settings in which audiences may encounter or experience visualisations, and how these affect design choices. Finally, Andy will reflect on ways of making data more relatable and participatory to amplify the possibility of impact.
15.25 – 16.00        KATIE PEEK
BIO
Katie Peek, Ph.D., is a journalist and data visualisation designer who specializes in print graphics for science magazines. She is a contributing artist at Scientific American and regularly creates pieces for Audubon and the New York Times. She has also illustrated several books, including Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe and Einstein's Shadow: A Black Hole, a Band of Astronomers, and the Quest to See the Unseeable. Originally an astronomer, she also holds a degree in science journalism and is the former graphics editor for Popular Science. She lives in Baltimore.

TALK
"The Data Viz Multiverse". The audience can shape a graphic just as much as the source data can. Katie will examine how the same data sets might morph into a multiverse of visualisations, each appropriate to the readership that will encounter them. What rules change as the audience does? And which rules stay the same for everyone? She will compare published graphics in different magazines, as well as re-imagine a few of her own graphics for experts, laypeople, children, and other hypothetical audiences.
16.00 – 16.30        break
16.30 – 17.05        GIOVANNI MAGNI
BIO
Giovanni Magni is a designer. His work is focused on data-driven explorations and experiences. He is currently working as Head of data visualization at Accurat, a design studio based in Milano and New York City.

TALK
"Dataglitches: a high-five to broken charts". Initially conceived as a pure aesthetic tribute to data visualisation, this collection of drafts and mistakes soon became much more. In this talk Giovanni will give context to the images collected explaining their role and evolution within the design process.
17.05 – 17.40        RJ ANDREWS
BIO
Award-winning data storyteller RJ Andrews is author and founder of Info We Trust. He helps organizations solve information problems. Prior to concentrating on data visualization, RJ worked for NASA, the National Science Foundation, and Raytheon. He holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and Master of Science in Engineering from Northeastern University.

TALK
"The Bar Chart: Official Rules & Regulations". A zany tour through the norms governing (and thwarting) our most stalwart chart. We will examine the emergence, evidence, examples, and exceptions to bar chart rules. Along the way we will consider creative approaches lost and errors that somehow persist to today. Most of all, we will see how important it is to be persistent in our vigilance toward designing charts that inform. Learn how to bar chart and unlock understanding of all charts and graphs.
17.40 – 17.50        closing remarks
17.50 – 19.20        drinks

Friday, April 3

09.00 – 09.30        registration
Participants need to choose 1 of the 3 tracks. Registration for one of the tracks needs to be done when you register for the conference.
Track 1                   Workshop ANDY KIRK / RJ ANDREWS (SOLD OUT!)

09.30 – 12.30 WORKSHOP ANDY KIRK
This workshop aims to provide delegates with an appreciation of the decision making process that underpins the effective visual communication of data. During this short workshop, Andy Kirk will facilitate a concept design activity, with participants working on parallel small group projects to build up, stage by stage, a detailed specification for a potential data visualisation solution. Along the way Andy will expose attendees to a broad array of visual design options and equip them with the means to make robust and informed decisions about the best charts to use, relevant interactive features, helpful annotated assistance, colour choices and spatial composition. The approach to this session will not be framed around any specific tools or applications.

12.30 lunch break

13.45 – 16.15 WORKSHOP RJ ANDREWS
"How to Humanize Data" gives a new perspective to some old rules. We will begin by reflecting on our own common experience as human bodies moving through space and time. This vantage will help us reframe familiar encoding channels, data elements, and charts. With our new "embodied cognition" approach we will study information graphics from history and today. Finally, we will join together in a group critique of a series of interesting cases. Please let us know if you want to submit an example to be part of a (friendly) group critique. By the end of this workshop you should see past the machine aspects of our field, and appreciate more the very human nature of our craft.

There is a maximum of 30 seats for this track!

Track 2                   Workshop RJ ANDREWS / HANNAH DAVIS

10.00 – 12.30 WORKSHOP RJ ANDREWS
"How to Humanize Data" gives a new perspective to some old rules. We will begin by reflecting on our own common experience as human bodies moving through space and time. This vantage will help us reframe familiar encoding channels, data elements, and charts. With our new "embodied cognition" approach we will study information graphics from history and today. Finally, we will join together in a group critique of a series of interesting cases. Please let us know if you want to submit an example to be part of a (friendly) group critique. By the end of this workshop you should see past the machine aspects of our field, and appreciate more the very human nature of our craft.

12.30 lunch break

13.30 – 16.30 WORKSHOP HANNAH DAVIS
Challenge yourself to use different senses to work with data. In this workshop we will introduce you to the field of data sonification or turning data into sound. We'll look at different real-world examples, and see data from politics, sports, literature, and others turned into sound and music. We'll look at the various types of data sonification, and how to decide which types are best suited for which types of data. We'll see how to implement data sonification with several different tools. We'll also look at music generation as a subset of data sonification. By the end of the workshop, participants will understand the field of data sonification and be able to implement it using a tool of their choice.

NOTE: this is a programming workshop, where we'll be using both p5.js and Python. It will be beginner friendly, but you should know how to run a p5.js sketch or a Python script. Please bring your personal laptop and a pair of headphones. It is designed for Mac users but other operating systems are welcome as long as you are comfortable with command line tools and Python library installations.

There is a maximum of 20 seats for this track!
Track 3                   Research - science STEVE HAROZ / EVANTHIA DIMARA /                                 BORIS MULLER / KATIE PEEK

At the research / science track we focus on a few important researches that have been done in the past years. We specifically look at the impact of these researches for our work as practitioners. We also share some insights of how to visualise scientific information for a broader audience. All speakers will share their findings in an interactive way with the participants.

There is a maximum of 50 seats for this track!

10.00 – 12.30 RESEARCH / SCIENCE TRACK

STEVE HAROZ

BIO
Steve Haroz is a research scientist at Inria in Saclay, France. His research explores how the brain perceives and understands visually displayed information like charts and graphs.

TALK
"Perceiving the Gist: Quick but Biased".
Visualisation creators often aim to "show the data" by presenting many raw individual items rather than only a simple summary statistic (such as an average). This approach allows viewers to see a "gist" or overview of the data, but it raises some important questions:
• when we make decisions, are we better off viewing lots of data or just a summary?
• do we use all the visualised data?
• what properties of the data might bias our ability perceive an accurate overview?

Steve Haroz will discuss how the visual system makes quick judgments using lots of information. Moreover, he'll present empirical research that shows limitations on our ability in our precision and neutrality when viewing visualisations.

EVANTHIA DIMARA

BIO
Evanthia Dimara is a research scientist at the Data Analysis and Visualisation laboratory of University of Konstanz. Her fields of research are Human-Computer Interaction and Information Visualisation. She focusses on decision making -- how to help people make unbiased and informed decisions alone or in groups. Evanthia is especially interested in the kinds of decisions for which the current decision-support systems, models and people's heuristics tend to fail.

TALK
''Interaction for Data Visualization: Can what you do affect what you see?''
While the visualization community has iteratively structured and formalized the representation aspect of visualization (e.g., guidelines, rules, frameworks), significantly less attention has been paid to the interaction aspect. The nature and role of interaction has actually sparked discussions and arguments since the visualization field was created. And while HCI and UX research study interaction rules for years, visualization researchers and practitioners can not necessarily see how to apply them to their own data-oriented practices and needs.

Evanthia discusses the role of interaction in data visualization:
• What do we really mean by "interaction" in data visualization?
• Can a static visualisation be interactive?
• Is there a way to compare the "interactivity" of different visualizations?
• Which are the current interaction techniques in visualization?
• How can we design novel interactions?

12.30 lunch break

13.45 – 16.15 RESEARCH / SCIENCE TRACK

BORIS MULLER

BIO
Boris is professor for Interaction Design in Potsdam (Germany) and co-director of the Urban Complexity Lab.

TALK
''Visualisation research at the intersection of design and science". In this talk, Boris will discuss the relationship of designers and scientists in the context of visualisation projects. He will present projects from the Urban Complexity Lab - an interdisciplinary research group at Fachhochschule Potsdam situated between interface design, computer science, and the humanities. The work of the UCLAB revolves around information visualisation with a particular focus on the challenges and questions arising from social, cultural, and technological transformations. At the junction of design teaching and visualisation research, the UCLAB strives to have an impact in both academia and the world of practice. Boris will discuss projects and methodologies from a clear design perspective and talk about issues like visual quality, creativity and playfulness.

KATIE PEEK

BIO
Katie Peek, Ph.D., is a journalist and data visualisation designer who specializes in print graphics for science magazines.

TALK
"Zebras in Central Park and Other Lessons From Science". Astrophysics requires a particular blend of data instinct, intuition for what drives trends, and creativity in testing hypotheses (after all, astronomers experiment on objects they can never touch). Katie relies on her astrophysics training for every single graphic she develops, its lessons so deeply baked in she often don't realize she is using them. For this talk, Katie will identify the tenets of her scientist's approach to data visualisation. She'll also examine how they spar with the rules of graphic design and journalism, the three disciplines critical for creating interesting visual stories that stay true to the data behind them. Katie will share plenty of examples of her work, pulling back the curtain on the pitfalls that arose as she created each and identifying the strategies that allowed her to (usually) sidestep disaster.

16.30 – 16.50        break
16.50 – 17.50        BORIS MULLER / SANDRA RENDGEN
The closing talks of the conference will be held by Borus Muller and Sandra Rendgen

BIO
Boris is professor for Interaction Design in Potsdam (Germany) and co-director of the Urban Complexity Lab – a research space at the intersection of design, science and the humanities. He has received a diploma in Graphic Design from the Hochschule für Künste Bremen (College of Art and Design Bremen, Germany) and a MA in Computer Related Design from the Royal College of Art London. His award-winning work focuses on generative design, data visualization and science communication.

TALK
"Making and Breaking Rules. Visualisation Between Creativity and Usability". Great visualisations rely on the successful combination of science and design. Especially the design aspect of a visualisation is not yet fully formalised. So during the development, creativity & innovation are as important as clarity & usability. Balancing these two approaches is not trivial. An innovative and creative visual representation might be harder to understand. On the other hand, established and accessible visualisation techniques are inadequate for certain topics and data sets. The question which rules need to be uphold and which can be broken depends on the context, the aims of the project and the use case. In his talk, Boris will discuss the dichotomy of creativity vs. usability in the context of data visualisation. He will present projects and methodologies ranging from generative design to speculative interfaces, co-design workshops and UX sketching.

BIO
Sandra Rendgen is Head of Design at Berlin-based visualisation studio Infographics Group. She has previously worked as an independent author, concept developer and strategic consultant with a focus on data visualisation, interactive media and the history of infographics. Her academic background is in art history and cultural theory. She is the author of several books in the field, most recently The Minard System and History of Infographics.

TALK
"The Treasure Hunt - Defining the Rules of Dataviz"
Visualising data is a complex process which requires an astonishing variety of skills and experiences. At times, the term „visualisation“ seems to suggest that all you need to do is pour numerical data into a visual template, and the increasing use of visualisation tools supports this notion. But the process of transforming abstract information into a visual is by far more complex than that. A visualisation does not just come about, it has to be developed in a long series of creative and editorial decisions.

The search for rules is the search for guidance in these decisions. We have come a long way in understanding how visualisations are read and interpreted, but most likely, we will never get to a point where rules can completely substitute the knowledge and intuition of an experienced designer. Her talk provides a brief reflection on how our current set of basic design rules came into being, and on the role they have in our field today.

Venue



Conference and workshops: Anatomiegebouw

Anatomiegebouw, Bekkerstraat 141, Utrecht
This historical building, once part of the University of Utrecht, was designed by architect Joseph Crouwel. The theater where the conference will take place, was used to host lectures on veterinary anatomy. You can still see the rails in the floor where the bigger animals were brought in.

We recommend to travel by public transport to the Anatomiegebouw. There are several bus connections from the central railroad station in Utrecht to bus stop Wittevrouwen. From here it is only a few minutes to the venue. If you will travel by car, the best option to park your car is at Car Park Grifthoek.

Route

About



S-H-O-W is organised by Graphic Hunters, a training institute on data visualisation.
If you have questions about the conference, please send a mail to SHOW@GraphicHunters.nl
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The entire conference will be in English.

if you want to become a partner or sponsor, or want to help out as a volunteer
please send a mail to SHOW@GraphicHunters.nl

Graphic Hunters will invite speakers from abroad to the conference, who in most cases
travel by plane to the Netherlands. CO2 emissions from these flights will be compensated
by contributing to Trees for All.

Tickets



The price for the full conference is € 395,- (exempt from VAT).
This includes catered drinks, snacks during breaks and (only second day) lunch.

There are a limited number of seats (105) to the conference.

When you buy a ticket for the full conference, you also need to register for one of the workshops / tracks that take place on Friday April 3. There are a limited number of seats for some of the tracks.

Graphic Hunters offers 3 free diversity tickets.
One of the aims of the conference is to stimulate diversity. Not only in the representation of speakers but also the attendees. If you are or know of anyone who is interested in attending from a under-represented community in data visualisation, or somebody who doesn't have the financial means to join the conference, please send a mail to SHOW@GraphicHunters.nl. The diversity tickets cover only the cost for the conference; travel expenses or overnight stay are not included. Tickets will be randomly picked on February 20, 2020.

Registration


 

Registration is not possible at the moment.