Friday, February 17, 2012

A podcast on visualization

Moritz Stefaner and Enrico Bertini, two of the most active members of the information visualization community nowadays, have started a podcast, called Data Stories. Having been interviewed on the radio myself about information graphics in the past, I know how hard it is to explain things without the support of good slides, so I praise them for the initiative.

Moritz (@moritz_stefaner), who, besides being a successful freelancer, holds a degree in Cognitive Science, will be one of the ten people I will interview for the last section of The Functional Art, (see the table of contents) so this is a good way of learning about his work. You should also keep an eye on his blog. He will speak at the Malofiej International Infographics Summit, in March. I am looking forward to it.

Enrico (@FILWD) is a researcher at the University of Konstanz, Germany. His blog is among the favorites in my Google Reader list. His two latest posts, that deal with how we should evaluate the quality of visualizations submitted to competitions, are particularly interesting. As both Moritz and Enrico mention during the podcast, we need to have more (and better) conversations like about where this whole field is going, and how to find some middle ground between the technical-oriented folks, the graphic designers, and the artists. The 'Data Stories' podcast is a great starting point.