Visual journalist to speak at Winona State


Alberto Cairo, knight chair in visual journalism at the School of Communication of the University of Miami, will be giving a series of free public talks at Winona State University on February 24-25. Cairo has authored two books: “The Functional Art: an Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization” (2012) and “The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication” (2016). Cairo has two decades of experience as an infographics and data visualization journalist and designer and has worked as a consultant for companies, media organizations and educational institutions in more than 20 countries.

Visualization for Effective Communication
February 24, 3 p.m., Miller Auditorium, Stark 103

Scientists usually believe that good and clear design consists just of “beautifying” their charts, graphs, and maps. This should be an afterthought, as what truly matters is to show the data. This session explains why reasoning about design decisions is as important as reasoning about the data journalists present to audiences.

How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter About Visual Information
February 24, 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium, Stark 103

Graphic designers, data analysts, and journalists are taught that a picture is worth a thousand words; that they should show, not tell; and that charts are intuitive and useful to simplify information. This talk explains why these myths, if taken at face value, are wrong and dangerous, and what people can do to become better readers and designers of graphics.

Engagement and Future Trends in Data Communication
February 25, 12 p.m., Gildemeister 155

Visualization is a language in constant evolution. This session will focus on how designers of visualization can make their graphics more attractive and engaging, and on several potential futures of data communication.


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