Data Viz Challenge: Skillshare

Programming Series: Skillshare

Designers, developers, journalists, and artists: Get a head start on your entry for the Data Viz Challenge!

Hours: 1PM–6PM
Cost: Free with registration

1:00–2:30PM  Get seasoned advice in a discussion and workshop led by George Michael Brower and Jono Brandel (designers, Google Creative Lab), Aaron Meyers (Eyebeam Fellow and interactive media designer), and Evan You (designer of Internet Censorship).

2:30–6:00PM  Start visualizing your taxes! Work on your own or as a team with guidance from our Skillshare leaders.

Free but limited to 30 participants. Hot drinks and sweet/salty carbs provided.

Love the event but won’t be around? We will be livestreaming at

Led by a team of data viz all-stars, we will check out examples of great visualizations, using the Data Viz Challenge judging criteria to frame our conversation. From there, we will dig into the data set and discuss ideas for telling compelling visual stories about our taxes.

Developers (or those interested in learning how to query an API) will take a closer look at Jono Brandel’s fully annotated sample visualization and George Micheal’s documentation of the data set. Designers, journalists, and artists will dig into the raw data, parse out juicy stories, and check out tools for creating visualizations. Leaders of the skillshare will be on hand to provide design and coding support. Come by yourself, or bring a team!

This skillshare is organized in support of the Data Viz Challenge, created by Eyebeam and Google, with data provided by


How Eyebeam Skillshares work
Eyebeam’s skillshares are peer-to-peer working/learning sessions that provide an informal context for developing new skills alongside leading developers and artists. Skillshares begin with an introduction that includes basic how-tos. Afterward, participants work on individual projects while getting feedback, ideas, and additional instruction from each other and Skillshare leaders. It’s a great way to boost your skills and meet like-minded people.

Your skill level
All skill levels are welcome, though you will get the most out of this skillshare if you have at least a basic understanding of what a data visualization is, and have even dabbled in making your own (graphic or interactive).

What You Should Bring
You’ll need to bring your own laptop and power supply. If you have an insulated coffee cup, or a water bottle bring them. The heating and cooling at Eyebeam can be unpredictable, so dress in layers!

What Else?
Don’t forget to check out and before you arrive. You should have already looked at the challenge details and resources provided, especially the data set! If you’re interested in making an interactive visualization, make sure to check out Jono Brandel’s fully annotated sample visualization and and George Michael’s documentation of the dataset.


Projects: Data Viz Challenge
People: Aaron MeyersBrooke SingerMark Shepard
Research: Education
Tags: api, challenge, Data Visualization, data viz,, google, SkillShare