A Modern-Day Nirvana: Data Storytelling

AvatarSeptember 30, 2020

Before we begin, I’d like to tell you a little about myself,  I am a data visualization designer, helping the world get rid of ineffective visualizations one project at a time. Recently I was featured on the podcast VizConnect and below is a recap of my story.

Someone once said, “We see the world not as it is, but as we are”. That is how I think about data storytelling, it’s all about our mindset, it’s all about how we perceive the information that is presented to us.

But what exactly does perceiving information really mean? For example, can we tell how many people reading this blog are feeling tired? To answer this, it would take a bit of magic, the magic of art and science. When we have data, we can apply science to it to discover actionable data and use the art of visualization to get insight, then we would be able to determine who exactly is tired while reading this blog.

This blog is all about the magic. The magic that happens when the art and science of data storytelling come together.

The magic of art and science

The magic always begins with data. Many times the information you need is scattered all over, and people don’t know where or what to look for. Collecting and analyzing data requires a special skill, and the ability to see beyond what is visible to us in the numbers. In so many ways, finding actionable insights from data is the modern-day nirvana.

Everyone can see numbers, but very few can perceive and can see exactly what story the numbers tell. Finding insights from data needs a special vision, a third eye, one that can see what the other two eyes can’