Visual Storytelling

How cognitive bias affects storytelling

Storytelling is deeply interlaced with our experience as a species. You may think of the bards of Medieval England or Viking-age Skalds, traveling the land and collecting stories.¬†Or perhaps you think of an old grandmother recounting a fable to her grandchildren to help them learn an important lesson about fairness or honesty. But storytelling has… Continue reading How cognitive bias affects storytelling

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Malicious Manipulation: The Deadliest Sin in Visual Storytelling

This is a jackalope. This image, which is on a postcard currently framed in my office, is the reason that I thought this antlered rabbit was a real species until I was 12 years old. Well... that image and the fact that my father told me about all the jackalopes that used to run around… Continue reading Malicious Manipulation: The Deadliest Sin in Visual Storytelling

Visual Storytelling

Cognitive Bias in Data Visualization

Cognitive bias is a systemic error in thought or understanding of the world around us. They are subconscious and often result from quickly processing information as part of the decision-making process. These biases can affect how we see and interact with the world. Cognitive biases affect everyone and are often unnoticed. With more than 100… Continue reading Cognitive Bias in Data Visualization

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Data Visualization: an inexact science

"Increasingly, managers and professionals are expected to make their arguments and decisions based on data and visualizations." Hugh Watson states in a Business Intelligence Article titled Data Visualization, Data Interpreters, and Storytelling. I'd have to agree. In fact, there was a section in a presentation I recently gave at the Northeast Annual Giving Conference devoted… Continue reading Data Visualization: an inexact science

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Visual storytelling: A picture is worth a thousand words

The lamp that launched a thousand cowboy stories My first memories of visual storytelling are from when I was very, very young - probably as early as five or six. The lamp beside my bed had belonged to my father when he was young. It was shaped like a wagon, carved from dried cactus. The… Continue reading Visual storytelling: A picture is worth a thousand words