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Explore Explain is a 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 Matt Knott Interactive production.

Explore Explain Andy Kirk

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Explore Explain is a 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 Matt Knott Interactive production.

    S1E4 - Nadieh Bremer

    S1E4 - Nadieh Bremer

    Welcome to episode 4 of season 1 of Explore Explain, a video and podcast series all about data visualisation design.


    In this episode I am delighted to welcome Nadieh Bremer to share the design story behind her work on a client visualisation for a startup company called 'alis_'.


    As well as listening to this show, you can watch the video of this conversation, illuminated by accompanying visual details of Nadieh's workflow. Head over to Youtube and visit the Explore Explain channel.

    • 50 min
    S1E3 - John Burn-Murdoch

    S1E3 - John Burn-Murdoch

    Welcome to episode 3 of season 1 of Explore Explain, a video and podcast series all about data visualisation design.


    In this episode I am delighted to welcome John Burn-Murdoch to share the design story behind his work on the visualisations for the Financial Times' evolving "Coronavirus Tracked" page, which was first released in February 2020. This episode was recorded on 27th March and so refers to the status of the visuals on the page as they were published on that date.


    As well as listening to this show, you can watch the video of this conversation, illuminated by accompanying visual details of John's workflow. Head over to Youtube and visit the Explore Explain channel.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    S1E2 - Dr Cath Sleeman

    S1E2 - Dr Cath Sleeman

    Welcome to episode 2 of season 1 of Explore Explain, a video and podcast series all about data visualisation design.


    In this episode I am delighted to welcome Dr Cath Sleeman to share the design story behind her visualisation 'Making sense of skills: A UK skills taxonomy', which was published on the Nesta website in 2018.


    As well as listening to this show, you can watch the video of this conversation, illuminated by accompanying visual details of Cath's workflow. Head over to Youtube and visit the Explore Explain channel.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    S1E1 - Maarten Lambrechts

    S1E1 - Maarten Lambrechts

    Welcome to episode 1 of season 1 of Explore Explain, a video and podcast series all about data visualisation design.


    In this launch episode I am delighted to welcome Maarten Lambrechts to share the design story behind his visualisation 'Why Budapest, Warsaw, and Lithuania split themselves in two', which was published on The Pudding in 2019.


    As well as listening to this show, you can watch the video of this conversation, illuminated by accompanying visual details of Maarten's workflow. Head over to Youtube and visit the Explore Explain channel.

    • 41 min

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