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I had so much fun with the first microbrew data visualization in 2016 that I decided to do another one. this time using an article from the Brewer's Association called, "Today's Craft Beer Lovers: Millennials, Women, and Hispanics" as inspiration.
I wanted to convert tables like this that I found in the article:
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We originally published this post a few years ago. Our website got hacked and we're rebuilding. So the data is a few years old, but this data viz - and its development process - is still relevant.
I'm always looking around for data visualizations that can capture the essence of complicated issues and distill them visually into easily understood concepts, and I find that the Huffington Post data team does a really good job of this.
So when I came across the data viz below (sadly I can't find the original article but I'll keep looking and update this post with the link when I find it) I was inspired by the simplicity of the United States map. Wow. Instead of needing mad drawing skills I could position a bunch of squares together to represent geographic entities. That seemed easy enough.
So now that you’ve been lured here by our intriguing title, we’ll fill you in on the secret. This post is actually about icons. Specifically, it’s about why to consider using them in your presentations and if you do - you’ll be an iconic presenter. See what we did there? Tricky, huh?
For our purposes, icons are defined as simple, flat two-dimensional illustrations often comprised of basic shapes. Take a look at your computer or smartphone screen, you’ll see icons. Now you’ll probably see them everywhere. (You can thank us later for drawing them to your attention.) Next week, Jamie’s blog post will break down the actual process of creating icons using the basic shapes that are preloaded in most slide design software. It’s really nice. I’ve seen a preview. I’m pretty lucky that way.
For fun, I’d like to begin this week’s post with a list of things I find overwhelming:
Ok, now it’s your turn. Seriously, send me your list.
I have very few prized possessions, but one of them is a set of Princess Diana collectable plates from the Bradford Exchange.
They were given to me as a gift by someone who really loves and knows me (thank you Linda), and have provided me with hours of joy and entertainment. Here they are in all their splendor.
I’m really into conspiracy theories. It’s endlessly entertaining to think about the reasons why a group of people might collude to make something happen or cover something up. Did Oswald act alone? How does Target know to send me a coupon for shampoo just as my shampoo is running low? Does the Illuminati really exist and is Jay-Z in it? (My daughter says no way on the Illuminati thing, but we both think something squirrely is going on with Target).
Joking aside, I’ve thought a lot about the number #1 presentation mistake we make, why we keep making it, and why it seems impossible to stop. Naturally, this led to the development of an extensive conspiracy theory which I plan to summarize below. Thanks in advance for indulging me.
Presentation Road Trip
I love a good road trip. Whether it’s Vegas or Vermont there is something exhilarating and freeing about being on the road, without the trappings of the regular day to day grind. Most of my best road trip memories involve my sister, a quick early morning discussion, and the declaration of a destination. Tempe! Santa Fe! Louisville! Boston! Then it’s out the door, route unknown, destination locked. We’ve been doing this since we were little, setting out with mom and grandma in California to visit our aunt in Texas; there are at least 21 different ways to get to Texas from California and I think we’ve been every route.
The thing about a road trip is that there is always a destination. There is always a Point B. You may not know the intersection of the town you’re headed for, and you may not know the route you’re taking to get there, but you do know where you’re going.
I was in San Diego for a conference a while back, standing in line at Kono’s, and trying to decide which yummy breakfast I wanted to enjoy on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean when I overheard a conversation by two people in line behind me.
Man: “Are you nervous about your presentation today? It’s kind of a big deal for you.”
How to Rock Your Icon Drawings
I try to live my life without regrets but there are several things I wish I’d known when I was younger.