Friday, 13 May 2016

Can you explain DataViz using the most common 1000 words?

I was having a conversation with my barber the other day and he asked me what i did for a living. Although its easy to explain to people that already know me and Tableau, explaining to a lay person was surprisingly hard to do. What was even harder was trying to explain and define data viz with out using Excel and pie charts as an example. I guess thats because for most people when they think of data Excel comes to mind and the pie is the most well known of the datavizzes. So this got me thinking, how do you explain dataviz to a lay person.

I was reminded of this excllent comic from XKCD on how to explain the Saturn 5 space rocket using only the most commen 10,000 words

So here is the challenge, how would you explain dataviz to someone, who had never come across it before, using only the most common 1000 words. 

Follow this link to the UpGoer5 editior which will help, or not. Just to make it tricky, data doesnt appear on the word list.

tweet me @Matt_Francis email and let me know what you come up with. 

Matt Francis

Author & Editor

Tableau Zen Master, Social Ambassador, Wrangler of Data, Vizzer of Data


  1. Thought-provoking post . I was enlightened by the facts . Does anyone know if my company might find a template a form copy to type on ?

  2. We tried here:
    let us know what you think about it!