Ep #1: The Truthful and Functional Art – How to Visualize your Data with Alberto Cairo

Learn Alberto's secrets to help you think more visually

On our very first Analytics on Fire interview, we’re excited to be speaking to one of the top experts in the data visualization field, Alberto Cairo. Alberto is the Knight Chair at the University of Miami and the author of one of the most impactful books to date in the data visualization field, The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization.

We invited Alberto to discuss some of the concepts laid out in The Functional Art and share his insights into what makes today’s visualization effective. In this engaging conversation, we cover an array of topics such as the common challenges when creating graphics, complexity vs. depth, using narrative in visualizations, and how to teach others to think visually. You won’t want to miss Alberto’s game-changing tips and strategies laid out in this episode!

As a special thanks, Alberto Cairo wanted to give a special gift to our AoF community – the first 40 pages of his new book coming out on March 3rd, 2016, The Truthful Art. Click here to get the first 40 pages of  The Truthful Art by Alberto Cairo.

In This Episode, You’ll Learn:

  • How Alberto’s unexpected journey lead to becoming a designer.
  • Why The Functional Art becoming a hit with business intelligence folks was such a surprise.
  • Why Alberto believes people use visualizations ineffectively and how to fix it
  • The main purpose of a graphic and why it’s not what most people think.
  • The biggest  challenges people face when creating graphics.
  • The importance of applying a narrative to your visualizations.
  • Complexity vs. depth of visualizations.
  • Alberto’s tips for building effective data visualizations.
  • How you can think more visually using this simple trick his dad taught him!

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As the founder and CEO of BI Brainz, Mico has been in the Business Intelligence industry for 8 years. Besides leading a team of some of the most brilliant minds in the industry, she continues to share her passion for Analytics through the BI Brainz Academy, blogs, social media and global keynotes and trainings. In her time off, she enjoys being a beach bum and buying red bottom shoes.

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  • Mark Bradley

    Great discussion! Will be checking out the free chapter and book.

  • Mico Yuk

    Thanks Mark! One of our favorite indeed. Alberto gives some awesome tips. Yes, enjoy the free chapter. My copy is OTW in mail and signed. 🙂 super excited! Appreciate the feedback.

  • Adriano Barbosa

    Very interesting. We offer data visualization based on Microsoft Visio, Visio Services in Sharepoint, SQL-Server, Excel, Project and Microsoft Datazen for Mobile devices. This set is also for advanced data visualization solutions. Great discussion, We wish you can share other ones.

  • Mico Yuk

    Please do not advertise on our blog or you will be blocked. Thanks.

  • Brad Anderson

    enjoyed the comments around visualising your graphic solutions on paper first… i use this same methodology in database design and it adds value in brainstorming ideas prior to getting stated in any software. Story telling concepts in data design start with pen and paper. Thanks for the podcast Mico

  • Mico Yuk

    Thanks for listening!