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Wednesday, March 14 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
A Bigger Boat: Data Visualization Lessons from the Movies

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When Chief Brody first sees the shark in Jaws he backs away from the stern of the Orca and quietly, but certainly, tells Quint, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” That one line, combined with a terrific delivery by Roy Scheider, packs a great deal of contextual information into six words. Packing meaning into finite space is a key concept in Data Visualization.

In this session, Mark and Trish will discuss the fundamentals of human visual perception, including the important distinction between pre-attentive and attentive processing. We will use fun examples from films like Jaws, The Wizard of Oz, and Star Wars to show important aspects of visual analysis around color, form, position, and motion. By the end of this session attendees will have a solid understanding of the importance of data visualization and the best strategies to effectively convey meaning with graphs and charts.

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Trish Vaillancourt

St. Catherine University
I will graduate in December 2018 with my MLIS from St. Kate's. Before going back to school, I worked in the Guthrie Theater marketing department for 18 years. I am very much a jack-of-all-trades and enjoy anything that lets me use my organization skills.
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Mark Vaillancourt

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
I am a Senior Program Manager on the Power BI Customer Advisory Team at Microsoft. I have a passion for helping people and organizations make better use of their data through integration and visualization.

Wednesday March 14, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Weyerhaeuser Boardroom