The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


08 Feb 2017 | 5pm | The 7 Hats of Data Visualisation: A 2017 Reboot | Andy Kirk

08 February 2017, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

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UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA)


LG04 Lecture Theatre 26 Bedford Way London, United Kingdom WC1H 0DS
In this talk, Andy will be championing the value of data visualisation as a discipline that is in ever-increasing demand. Data visualisation literacy is an essential capability regardless of the domain in which we work. Just as computer literacy is now a common capability expected of everyone, one can imagine a time in the not-too-distant future when having data visualisation capabilities will be viewed as a similarly ‘assumed’ attribute across many different roles.
Framed as the ‘7 hats’ of data visualisation, Andy will profile the various competency ingredients that make up the all-round talent recipe of a contemporary visualiser. He will differentiate knowledge from skills, attitudinal maturity from technical intelligence. He will also advise on some of the strategies that will help you continue to develop and refine your data visualisation literacy.
Andy Kirk is a UK-based data visualisation specialist. He has been a freelance professional since 2011 and is the editor of the award-winning website www.visualisingdata.com since 2010. Andy provides design consultancy and delivers training workshops to organisations across all industries all around the world. He is a visiting lecturer on Masters degree programmes at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA, USA) and Imperial College, London. He is the author of two books, with the most recent title “Data Visualisation: A Handbook for Data Driven Design” published by Sage in June 2016.