Saturday, July 2, 2011

Event: Day 1 at the Eyeo Festival

Processing in JavaScript. Nyt graphics editor. 

Day 1 at the Eyeo Festival: Converge to Inspire


This post was written by Jan Willem Tulp, who recently won the Eyeo Data Visualization Challenge. Even more, Jan Willem recently took the courageous decision to give up his regular day job in order to start his own data visualization practice.

Day 1 of Eyeo Festival has kicked off with some tremendous sessions, labs, tours, workshops and panel discussions with the most bright and creative minds on of this time. It is sometimes hard to choose between so many high quality sessions, but luckily most speakers have multiple speaking engagements.

After a short welcome speech, the day was kicked of by the creators of Processing: Ben Fry and Casey Reas. They gave a general overview of Processing from the early days (with some great retro photos) and the new Javascript mode, to examples of third party libraries that have made Processing into a very powerful ecosystem today.

Next up was Moritz Stefaner who showed 4 of his numerous great projects: the Better Life Index, Map your Moves, Revisit, and Notabilia. He also provided some good final thoughts and examples on re-using visualizations. For instance, a great remark he made on visualization: "Don't invent, discover!".

After Moritz, I attended the session by Amanda Cox, graphics editor at the New York Times. She demonstrated many of the great pieces of work she and her team have created, and made some valid statements with regards to data visualization. For instance: you do not always have to use a map if the data is geographical, other ways may sometimes be better to overcome common mappin...

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