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The science of dataviz, with Jen Christiansen

Stages of a whale fall: Illustration by Jen Christiansen (whale), and Cat Wilson (critter inset circles)

New Data Journalism Podcast episode alert!

Jen Christiansen is the author of Building Science Graphics (published by A K Peters/CRC Press) and a senior graphics editor at Scientific American.

In this episode of the pod, she talks about her approach to visualising scientific stories and to graphics, based on her long career in the field. “For any scientist to  have their work in the lab or in the field and be worthwhile, you need to communicate it to someone – whether you’re communicating it to your peers or to the broader public or to funders … And I think that most training has been focused on making sure people can write, but we don’t have a lot of training for everyone in terms of design fundamentals and different languages you can use that are pictorial to help get your point across and to help people have greater understanding of what it is that you’re doing.”

The music this week, made with TwoTone, is Radio Observations of the Pulse Profiles and Dispersion Measures of Twelve Pulsars from this dataset, supplied to us by Jen.

Listen to the latest episode of the Data Journalism Podcast here >>

About Simon Rogers

Data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of 'Facts are Sacred', from Faber & Faber and a range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Edited and launched the Guardian Datablog. Now works for Google in California as Data Editor and is Director of the Sigma awards for data journalism.


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Data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of 'Facts are Sacred', published by Faber & Faber and a new range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Data editor at Google, California. Formerly at Twitter, San Francisco. Created the Guardian Datablog. All opinions on this site are mine, not my employers'. Read more >>

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