Author, journalist and instructor Alberto Cairo presents a thought-provoking lecture, "Visual Trumpery: How Charts Lie—And How They Make Us Smarter."
With facts and truth increasingly under assault, many interest groups have enlisted charts—graphs, maps, diagrams, etc.—to support all manner of spin. Because digital images are inherently shareable and can quickly amplify messages, sifting through the visual information and misinformation is an important skill for any citizen. The use of graphs, charts, maps and infographics to explore data and communicate science to the public has become more and more popular. However, this rise in popularity has not been accompanied by an increasing awareness of the rules that should guide the design of these visualizations. This talk teaches you principles to become a more critical and better informed reader of charts.
Alberto Cairo has two decades of experience as an infographics and data visualization journalist and designer. He has led visualization teams in Spain, Brazil and the United States. He teaches visualization at the University of Miami, and has worked as a consultant for companies, media organizations and educational institutions in more than 20 countries.
This program is presented in collaboration with Northwestern University Knight Lab.
Doors to the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium will open at 5:45 p.m. Seating is first come, first served.