iNOVA Media Lab, the Department of Communication Sciences and NOVA FCSH are pleased to welcome Alberto Cairo to an open class on using visualization as a way to communicate effectively. It will take place in Auditorium 3 of Tower B, on December 10 at 12 pm, with free admission.
Enthusiasm for data visualization has exploded in the past decade, with professionals from varied disciplines adopting it as a tool for discovery and communication. This is great news, as visualization is indeed a language that is as powerful as it is flexible. However, many views about how we should design and interpret visualizations are still naive. Many journalists, designers, and analysts think, for instance, that just learning to use software tools is enough to become a good visualization designer. This talk debunks those myths and many others surrounding visualization.
Alberto Cairo is a reference when the subject is Information Visualization. Cairo has published two books on the subject: the well-known The Functional Art: an Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization e more recently The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication. He has a long career in journalism that includes journalism references such as El Mundo (where he led the creation of the Interactive Infographics Department) and Globo Editora (where he was the director for Infographics and Multimedia). Nonetheless, Alberto Cairo is also a reference in Information Visualization teaching, being responsible for the journalism Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) of The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and the visualization area coordinator at the Computer Science Center at the University of Miami, where he also teaches data visualization and infographics on the Journalism and Interactive Media programs. Alberto Cairo has also been working as a freelancer and consultant for Google, Microsoft, the European Commission, and other institutions and companies.
Ana Figueiras, iNOVA Media Lab