#btconf Düsseldorf, Germany 08 - 09 Nov 2021

Matthias Stahl

Matthias is a trained biochemist and bioinformatician. After dismantling mechanisms of multi-resistant bacteria and a dive into the big data secrets of childhood leukemia, he realized: No breakthrough is possible without compelling data visualizations. Luckily, at the same time, he discovered his passion for the combination of data & statistics with art & design.

In 2020 he founded his data visualization studio higsch, where he specialized on creative, interactive data visualizations. After a year of exciting projects across topics in politics, medicine and human rights, he decided to join the weekly news magazine DER SPIEGEL. Today he is leading their Graphics & Interactive department.

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Looking like a Lost Sheep – the Story of the Lonely Chart

Data visualization consists of lines and bars and we love the simplicity of scatter plots. But data visualization is much more than mere shapes. Visualizations are emotional, they are shouting ‘hey look at me’ and eventually let the observers immerse in the data.

Oh sorry, this is just one of my bold dreams.

Out in the world we often see charts and graphs that just try to tortuously mirror the data they were fed with. Sometimes they do not communicate with their readers at all or do not even catch the readers’ attention.

But how can we change this, and which role can data art play in this dance between visual and reader?

Let me take you on a journey through the world of data visualization and how it could look in future.