Rose Mintzer-Sweeney, Datawrapper, will speak about three years of trends in news visualizations

We’re excited to announce that our data vis writer Rose Mintzer-Sweeney will speak at the Unwrapped conference about “Three years of trends in news visualizations.”

Rose has been with Datawrapper for three years, creating, editing, and writing about data visualization. She publishes new Datawrapper charts every Thursday in the Weekly Chart column and edits a weekly roundup of the best new data and visual journalism in the Data Vis Dispatch.

Time to ask her some questions:

Rose, what will you talk about?

What’s happening in the world of visual and data journalism? What formats, techniques, and topics are having a moment and which ones have proven their staying power? We’ll take a look at some visual and organizational trends of the past three years through the eyes of reporters, editors, and observers of the data vis scene.

A scatterplot crated by Rose for her Weekly Chart Can you raise an Olympic snowboarder in the tropics?

What do you like most about working at Datawrapper?

Everyone working on the tool is really interested in what great data visualization can be. A huge part of my job is drawing inspiration from the world of data vis outside our company, noticing what’s beautiful and interesting no matter how it was made. I think it makes the tool better in the long run and it definitely means I see a lot of amazing projects from all kinds of creators.

What’s your guiding principle when working on data visualizations?

Talk to your reader. A chart is just another form of communication, and a good one can speak as plainly and convincingly as a good paragraph — provided you know what you’re saying!

A choropleth map created by Rose for her Weekly Chart Germany’s highest bandwidth is a pigeon’s wingspan.

What’s your favorite Datawrapper feature?

I have a lot of fun with the freeform tooltips in choropleth maps and scatterplots. Some extra color coding, emoji data scales, miniature charts… And then looking at other people’s designs and realizing I still haven’t explored all the possibilities.

A choropleth map created by Rose for her Weekly Chart Sex and the census.

We're looking forward to Rose's talk at Unwrapped! Until then, you can learn more about her on X. To sign up for Unwrapped and hear Rose and other great speakers, visit our conference website.