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Explore Explain

Explore Explain is a long-form data visualisation podcast and video series hosted by Andy Kirk. Each episode is based on a conversation with a visual designer or developer to explore the design story behind a single visualisation, or series of related works. This provides an opportunity to explain their design process, to share insight on the myriad little decisions that underpin the finished works. It also shines a light on the contextual circumstances that shaped their thinking. Audiences will gain an appreciation of the what, the why and the how, learning about the hidden problems and challenges, the breakthroughs and the eureka moments, the pressures and frustrations, the things that were done and the things that were not done, as well as the successes and the failures. Each season comprises nine episodes and will cover a diverse cast of talented practitioners from across the field and around the world, showcasing a variety of different types of visualisation work. Every episode is published as an audio interview as well as an enhanced video conversation, accompanied by detailed visuals. Visit the Youtube channel to watch the recordings. For latest updates about new episodes and future schedules, follow the Explore Explain twitter feed. Explore Explain is a Bethany Andrew production.

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S3E3 - Jane Zhang

Welcome to episode 3 of season 3 of Explore Explain, a long-form video and podcast series all about data visualisation design. In this episode I am delighted to welcome Jane Zhang, an independent data visualization designer based in Toronto. We had a detailed conversation about the design story behind a project Jane worked on titled the 'The food your grandmother made'. As well as listening to this show, you can watch the video of this conversation, illuminated by accompanying visual details of Jane's design workflow. Head over to Youtube and visit the Explore Explain channel.

1hr 1min

17 Jun 2021

Rank #1

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S3E2 - Thomas Clever

Welcome to episode 2 of season 3 of Explore Explain, a long-form video and podcast series all about data visualisation design. In this episode I am delighted to welcome Thomas Clever, co-founder and Managing Director of data design and technology company, 'CLEVERºFRANKE'. We had a detailed conversation about the design story behind a project he and his team worked on titled the 'Globalance World'. As well as listening to this show, you can watch the video of this conversation, illuminated by accompanying visual details of Thomas' team's design workflow. Head over to Youtube and visit the Explore Explain channel.

1hr 5mins

20 May 2021

Rank #2

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S3E1 - Andrea Lau

Welcome to episode 1 of season 3 of Explore Explain, a long-form video and podcast series all about data visualisation design. In this episode I am delighted to welcome Andrea Lau, data visualisation designer and co-founder of the Australian-based data visualisation consultancy 'Small Multiples'. We had a detailed conversation about the design story behind a project she and her team worked on for the UNDP during 2020 titled the 'COVID-19 Socio-Economic Recovery Data Insight Platform'. As well as listening to this show, you can watch the video of this conversation, illuminated by accompanying visual details of Andrea's team design workflow. Head over to Youtube and visit the Explore Explain channel.

1hr 8mins

22 Apr 2021

Rank #3

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S2E9 - Miriam Quick & Stefanie Posavec

Welcome to episode 9 of season 2 of Explore Explain, a long-form video and podcast series all about data visualisation design. In this episode I am delighted to welcome Miriam Quick - journalist, researcher, and author - and Stefanie Posavec - designer, artist, and author. We had a detailed conversation about their creative process developing and designing a new book they co-authored titled 'I am a book. I am a portal to the universe.', which was published in September 2020. As well as listening to this show, you can watch the video of this conversation, illuminated by accompanying visual details of Miriam and Stef's collaborative workflow. Head over to Youtube and visit the Explore Explain channel.

1hr 6mins

18 Dec 2020

Rank #4

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S2E8 - Craig Taylor

Welcome to episode 8 of season 2 of Explore Explain, a long-form video and podcast series all about data visualisation design. In this episode I am delighted to welcome Craig Taylor, Senior Data Visualisation Design Manager, Ito World. We had a detailed conversation about the data, design, and production story behind a 'data art'-inspired video he created called 'Transit in Motion', which was released in June 2020. As well as listening to this show, you can watch the video of this conversation, illuminated by accompanying visual details of Craig's design workflow. Head over to Youtube and visit the Explore Explain channel.

1hr 7mins

15 Dec 2020

Rank #5

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S2E7 - Jen Christiansen & Moritz Stefaner

Welcome to episode 7 of season 2 of Explore Explain, a long-form video and podcast series all about data visualisation design. In this episode I am delighted to welcome Jen Christiansen, Senior Data Reporter at The Guardian (US), and Moritz Stefaner, .In this seventh episode I am delighted to welcome Jen Christiansen, Senior Graphics Editor at Scientific American, and Moritz Stefaner, self-employed 'Truth and Beauty Operator'. We had a detailed conversation about the data, editorial, and design story behind a combined print and interactive visualisation project exploring '175 years of word usage patterns in Scientific American', published in the magazine's September 2020 issue. As well as listening to this show, you can watch the video of this conversation, illuminated by accompanying visual details of Jen and Moritz's collaborative workflow. Head over to Youtube and visit the Explore Explain channel.

1hr 8mins

11 Dec 2020

Rank #6

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S2E6 - Alvin Chang

Welcome to episode 6 of season 2 of Explore Explain, a long-form video and podcast series all about data visualisation design. In this episode I am delighted to welcome Alvin Chang, Senior Data Reporter at The Guardian (US). Alvin shares the data, editorial, and design story behind a long-form article titled 'We can draw school zones to make classrooms less segregated. This is how well your district does', that he wrote for Vox, published in 2018. As well as listening to this show, you can watch the video of this conversation, illuminated by accompanying visual details of Alvin's creative workflow. Head over to Youtube and visit the Explore Explain channel.

1hr 7mins

8 Dec 2020

Rank #7

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S2E5 - Giorgia Lupi

Welcome to episode 5 of season 2 of Explore Explain, a long-form video and podcast series all about data visualisation design. In this episode I am delighted to welcome Giorgia Lupi, information designer and partner at Pentagram, New York. Giorgia shares the design story behind a data-driven fashion collection she developed for '&Other Stories' in 2019. As well as listening to this show, you can watch the video of this conversation, illuminated by accompanying visual details of Giorgia's creative workflow. Head over to Youtube and visit the Explore Explain channel.

55mins

2 Dec 2020

Rank #8

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S2E4 - Tom Worville

Welcome to episode 4 of season 2 of Explore Explain, a long-form video and podcast series all about data visualisation design. In this episode I am delighted to welcome Tom Worville, Football Analytics Writer for The Athletic (UK). Tom shares the design story behind a data-driven article titled 'Lionel Messi's ten stages of greatness' (£), which was published in August 2020. As well as listening to this show, you can watch the video of this conversation, illuminated by accompanying visual details of Tom's creative workflow. Head over to Youtube and visit the Explore Explain channel.

1hr 2mins

25 Nov 2020

Rank #9

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S2E3 - Gurman Bhatia

Welcome to episode 3 of season 2 of Explore Explain, a long-form video and podcast series all about data visualisation design. In this episode I am delighted to welcome Gurman Bhatia, Graphics Journalist for Reuters, based in Singapore. Gurman shares the design story behind her visualisation project 'The figures behind the faces' which was published in May 2019. As well as listening to this show, you can watch the video of this conversation, illuminated by accompanying visual details of Gurman's creative workflow. Head over to Youtube and visit the Explore Explain channel.

1hr

18 Nov 2020

Rank #10