Kanji Charts: A Simple Approach to Dataviz Best Practices

Are your dashboards full of bar charts and bar graphs? Do you shy away from pie charts because they have been labeled as “bad”? Do you think about when it’s best to use what chart type? Would you like to learn a simple, intuitive system and become more confident at visualizing data so that your audience understands exactly what you want your dashboard to say?

Learn about the origin of Kanji, the adopted Chinese characters that are used in today’s Japanese writing system, and how the design principles of these characters can help you become a better visual designer. Leverage the human perception of data visualization and create dashboards that will be clearly understood in your business, no matter what tools or software you use.

This talk is targeted toward beginners who want to confidently use different chart types as well as seasoned professionals who would like to learn about data visualization best practices from a new angle. No knowledge of Chinese or Japanese languages is required.

Giedre Aleknonyte
Data Coach

Giedre Aleknonyte is a dataviz enthusiast who enjoys analyzing large datasets and spotting trends that can be translated into smart business decisions. She has studied and/or worked in four different countries across two continents and has experience analyzing data in telecommunications, banking, and life insurance industries.

She holds a degree in Computer Science and, more recently, has been studying Japanese Studies. Her interest in the culture and the language have prompted her to research the links between the Asian writing systems and good data visualization.

Giedre has spoken at conferences in Europe and in the US, and tweets on visualization and related topics at @googlea.