Mashable has a fantastic interview with data visualization expert Jer Thorp.
It’s the same thing with almost everything. There are so many people who I hear from who are like, ‘I really want to do this, what are some books, what should I read?’ You just have to do it.
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The two things that I always tell people is that: First you need to just get started with it, and admit that the things that your first projects are gonna suck, and that’s okay. Y’know, you can’t expect to make something beautiful the first time. My first data visualization was terrible.
The second thing I tell my students is to think about something that’s close to you, something that’s personally relevant to you. If it doesn’t resonate with you, you’re not gonna do a good job with it.
You can read the entire interview on the Mashable site. Jer’s remarks reminded me of the words of Jiro Ono in the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, currently on Netflix.
Once you decide on your occupation… you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work.
I’m so grateful that my career turned toward business intelligence nearly ten years ago. Even when my career stresses me out, it’s a profession that I’ve fallen in love with. I hope you’ll read the Jer Thorp interview. And watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi, even if you hate sushi.
- Jer Thorp interview on Mashable
- Follow Jer Thorp on Twitter
- Read Jer Thorp’s blog
- Jiro Dreams of Sushi trailer on YouTube
- Purchase Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Blu Ray) on Amazon.com
- Learn about Processing, an open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions.
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