As Jesus’ big day approaches, I’m finding it increasingly tough to stay serious. I’m sure there have been outbreaks of fun in your office too.
So, to complement the season of cute school concerts and gossip inducing office parties, here is my trawl of festive fun. I’ve focussed on topics close to the heart of this blog, including data visualisation, analytics & GDPR.
So, let’s have some festive data visualisation and other fun for Customer Insight leaders.
Here are my favourite finds…
Festive Data Visualisation to get you in the mood
If you’re not yet feeling Christmassy, this collection of engaging Data Visualisations should help.
Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic provides a great service all year round, via her books and blog. As a bonus, she has recently set her readers a festive challenge. To create data visualisation with a Christmas theme.
Here is the huge collection of some simple & fun examples. My favourite (or made me laugh most) is the simple line chart of net effect of Xmas cookies & walking. But, John’s charts on Christmas top tens through the decades are great. See which you like best:
Last minute Christmas present for your data geek?
But wait, perhaps your challenge is that you have not yet completed your Christmas shopping. With such rapid delivery these days, we have all got worse at planning ahead.
So, in case you are still needing to buy a present (or anticipating that you will want to buy yourself something)… Here is a great list of gadgets and other gifts to delight any data geek.
My favourite is definitely the Numworks calculator, to feel like a retro device for Python coding. But my old Meteorology degree does make me hanker after that beautiful Fischer barometer too.
What do Christmas songs need? More data analysis
If you are “beginning to get a lot…” sick of Christmas music, then this post might be a welcome distraction. Reframe all those festive tunes as just another readily available dataset for analysis.
Some fun approaches to analysis of this musical art form. I particularly liked the matrix alignment of musical features.
Given these important findings, what will you be playing as the theme tune to your Christmas?
What else could you analyse about Christmas behaviour?
Perhaps that has inspired you to cope with all the festive fun with yet more analytical thinking. If so, this short post might suggest more avenues to explore.
Here the tea, at Upside have found some interesting summaries of festive analysis. Just three to get your creative juices going. My favourite is the analysis from Pew Research (despite the amount of tabular data that would be better visualised).
Is GDPR really going to spoil our Christmas?
Since the success of The Grinch movies, the spectres of that character or Ebenezer Scrooge are popular. Media stories always like to find a Christmas villain. Regulators or perceived “jobs-worths” are regular baddies.
It clearly captured the public imagination, as the original story in Die Welt has been covered widely across global media. I’m sure a few UK companies can also think of silly GDPR scares that have done the rounds in their offices…
Finally, keep calm and have a good Christmas Eve
This research from Sweden should give you one more reason to not get too worked up or worried. Most Swedes hold their Christmas family gatherings on Christmas Eve & the early hours of that day are top for heart attacks.
Correlation is not causation, but not feeling so under pressure over Christmas might be a wiser precaution. You deserve a rest, so take it easy & don’t worry what others think. Here are links to that research, published by Quartz, including full paper in BMJ Journal.
Have a great pre-Christmas
I hope you enjoyed that eclectic collection. Thanks for reading & engaging with this blog.
I wish you a calm & fun few days preparing for Christmas Day. May you have a wonderful time.