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The power of feedback for data creatives


Data science is a creative field (tweet me if you agree). And as data creatives we need feedback. We need to know that we are heard. That our creations are reaching their intended audience. And it feels insanely rewarding to see our ideas recognized.

A while back I wrote a blog post about data visualization examples like this one here:

I used my personal data from my trip to Whistler, British Columbia. The article was picked up by Reddit and Twitter and here is what guys at Whistler tweeted to me:

They eventually got back to me to say that they will dig into it.

This wouldn’t be a big deal for most people. But for us, as data creatives, this is a big deal. It feels great to see your creations being implemented elsewhere.

I'm continually surprised when I meet creative data people who do amazing things but don't tell anybody about it. Maybe they tell a few colleagues, friends, or their dog, but that's it. I come across these people all the time.

The fact that you are reading this blog post might mean that you yourself are a data creative – that you are making, or planning on making, something amazing with data. And hopefully, seeing me sharing stuff here, will encourage and inspire you to get out there too.

The power of feedback

There are so many of us who expend all our creative energy at work, so that when we get home we collapse on a couch with no reserves left to create something of our own.

And that's fine if your job allows you to be creative, to explore, to learn and inspire, and be inspired. But if your job isn't like that, you may need a way to express yourself elsewhere.

And you don't have to quit your job and start a blog, create a website or build any digital infrastructure. You can just upload your stuff on social media. You can share it in forums. Or you can volunteer and give a piece of your creative energy for a good cause.

I know there are many great data creatives out there, doing amazing things. It can be hard to find time to create something on the side, to share it with the world, put it out there for hundreds of people to see.

But if you are not sharing what you do, you will not get any feedback. And feedback is like oxygen for a fire, to data creatives. It inspires. It motivates. It keeps our creative juices flowing.

What are you working on right now?

I dare you to share it here with me. Tweet it to me or leave a link in comments. Or sign up for the mailing list below and reply to my email with your link.

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