We all love maps, because maps are great. That’s why we’re here, right? But it turns out that sometimes maps aren’t the right answer when it comes to visually presenting data with a spatial component. Noah Iliinsky will discuss why, and how to figure out when to not map your data. And of course some examples will be shown where a better choice is a non-standard map, and some where the best representation doesn’t involve a map at all.
Noah Iliinsky is a senior UX architect with Amazon Web Services. Noah strongly believes in the power of intentionally crafted communication and has spent the last decade researching, writing, and speaking about best practices for designing visualizations, informed by his graduate work in user experience and interaction design. Most recently, he worked on Amazon QuickSight. Noah is the coauthor of Designing Data Visualizations and technical editor of, and a contributor to, Beautiful Visualization, both published by O’Reilly Media, and is a frequent speaker at both industry and academic contexts. Noah holds a master’s in technical communication from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s in physics from Reed College.
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