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Grids and Gestures: Everyone Can Draw Comics—Verified!

Fri, 29 Apr 2016
By Andy Cotgreave, Technical Evangelism Director, Tableau

Nick Sousanis’s Tapestry keynote was exceptional. His thoughts on visual thinking are both powerful and inspiring.

Nick finished his keynote by getting everyone to draw. We weren’t just asked to draw; we were to draw an abstract comic-version of a day in our lives. He calls this "grids and gestures," and he has... Read more

Nick Sousanis on Comics as a Way to Generate Ideas

Wed, 13 Apr 2016


"What do our thoughts look like before we put them down? And I suspect that no one here, if we ask this, would say, 'rows and rows of text,'" says Nick Sousanis, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary.

That's where comics come into play, says Nick, who presented his entire doctorate in comic form.

"Comics allow for those linear moments but also... Read more

Jessica Hullman on Using Storytelling Patterns to Make Data Reliable

Mon, 11 Apr 2016
Tell a story with the data, and the complex becomes relatable, says Jessica Hullman, assistant professor at the University of Washington’s Information School.

Jessica works to formalize storytelling patterns so that we can create tools to help people understand unfamiliar data.

She explained her approach at Tapestry. Check out her keynote presentation below.

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'The Plural of Anecdote Is Not Data—Except When It Is?'

Fri, 8 Apr 2016
"We want to tell data stories because they matter, but what happens when all we have are anecdotes and incomplete data sets?" asks Eva Galanes-Rosenbaum, public opinion and media analyst at ReThink Media.

Eva shared four strategies for telling data stories without good data. Check out her full presentation which is aptly titled "The Plural of Anecdote Is Not Data—Except When It Is?"... Read more

Trina Chiasson on 'Rise of the Data Selfie'

Wed, 6 Apr 2016
"I have a colleague who says looking at someone else’s data is like looking at someone else’s vacation photos," says Trina Chiasson, senior product manager at Tableau. "You might show polite interest, but you really start paying attention when you see a photo of yourself."

Trina presented on "the rise of the data selfie" at Tapestry. Check out her Short Story presentation below.... Read more

Derek Schwabe & Leigh Fonseca on Telling Data Stories to End Hunger

Mon, 4 Apr 2016


In their words, Leigh Fonseca helps brands "understand their customers" while Derek Schwabe "basically works on figuring out how to end world hunger."

The pair met at Tapestry 2015, and have since partnered to increase the impact of Derek’s grassroots organization, Bread for the World Institute. The group's goal is to convince US policymakers to commit to ending world hunger... Read more