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Visualize This: Bringing Your Data to Life When Words Fail

Presenter(s):  Jami Dennis

Abstract:

Words. Words. Words.  In a society of click-bait headlines and memes, less words and better visuals will make your project stand out. Come discover the power of data visualization and how to harness that power to turn a good chart, map, or presentation into something great. After 3 full days of technical workshops and presentations, it's time to get creative and have some fun in this final hands-on workshop of the symposium! These last 90 minutes are going to fly by as you learn the fundamentals of data visualization and get hands-on experience making better charts, maps, and presentations.

It doesn't matter if you're a graphic design wizard or can barely draw a stick figure, by the time it's all over, you will know how to present your data with effective visualizations that convey your analysis in a visually appealing and easily understood manner. Bring a thumb-drive because you'll want to take your work home with you to continue honing your skills in bringing your data to life.

Key Takeaway: Improved cartographic designs, better data visualizations, and experience in storytelling with data.

Intended Audience: Anyone who wants to learn how to make better maps, better charts, and effectively explain data analysis in an engaging way. Attendees are expected to have some experience using MS Excel, ArcMap, and PowerPoint.

About the presenter(s): Jami Dennis is the Applied Analytics Program Manager at the Maricopa Association of Governments. She is passionate about data visualization and design.