Coronavirus en Belgique: confinement et déconfinement

Le temps du confinement dû à la pandémie du coronavirus touche à sa fin en Belgique, ou pour le moins c’est que l’on espère. Le 24 avril, le gouvernement annoncait sa stratégie de sortie de crise en 4 phases. Le conditionnel reste toujours de mise car comme l’a dit Madame Sophie Wilmes, première ministre, lors de la conférence de presse: “

Le déconfinement est une opération jamais réalisée dans l’histoire de notre pays et dépend de l’évolution de la situation sanitaire et se base sur des hypothèses et des prévisions. […] Rien n’est gravé dans le marbre et certainement pas les échéances.” 

Certes! Mais le moins que l’on puisse dire, c’est que rien n’était non plus clair sur comment cette sortie de crise allait se dérouler. Comme quoi, la communication de crise est une tâche extrêmement difficile.

J’ai donc tenté de visualiser sur une ligne du temps ce qui allait se passer avec l’aide de quelques sketchnotes personnelles. Tant qu’à faire, j’ai ajouté les événements qui ont amené au confinement de la population en Belgique.

Cette ligne du temps est sujette à modification suivant l’actualité du moment. Je vous serais gré de me signaler les éventuels ajouts ou adaptations qui pourraient l’améliorer, merci d’avance.

Mise à jour du 3 juin 2020: Une nouvelle sketchnote avec les détails de la phase 3 du déconfinement qui débute le 8 juin. La phrase du jour de Madame Sophie Wilmes est “Avant le 8 juin, tout était interdit, sauf… . Après le 8 juin, tout sera permis, sauf…. . Cette date marque le point de départ de notre retour aux libertés“.

La ligne du temps de la crise du coronavirus en Belgique

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Links between stories, skills and tools to create graphics

On 24 April 2020, I attended an interesting online session by Rafael Höhr on “Applications to create graphics in newsrooms“.

Although the title was explicit, we were going to talk about tools to create graphics, I cannot help thinking that tools are not the most important part in the process of creating graphics. Rafael explained this very well during the session and despite everything we spent (too much) time on tools.

The process of creating graphics should follow this order:

  • First, create a story! A story around the questions you want to answer, around what you want to show, around the 5Ws
  • Link your story to skills. Surround yourself with a multi-skilled team that will help you analyze, edit, interpret, tell, graph, animate your data.
  • At the end only, choose the tool (s) best suited to your needs

My sketchnotes of Rafael’s online session:

Apps to create graphics in newsrooms, sketchnotes

Thanks to my colleagues in the EU Publications Office for organising the online session.

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EU DataViz 2019

What a great experience it was to be graphic recorder at the “EU interinstitutional workshop on data visualisation” organised by Publications Office of the European Union on 13 November 2019 in Luxembourg. With Célia Pessaud, Catherine Focant, and Vincent Henin, we lively scribed the parallel sessions of the conference.

Graphic recording at EUdataviz 2019

It was exciting to visually scribe workshops and talks on data visualisation. We – graphic recorders and data visualisers – speak the same visual language, use the same visual grammar, rely on the same conviction that visuals are one of the most powerful mean to explain complex ideas. As as said to some speakers:

We find that there are many similarities between our practice of graphic recording and yours of data visualisation. If the raw data that you visualise is often – if not always – numbers, and more and more big data, for us, raw data is what is said and what is happening in the conference room. Both can be complex and be meaningless at first glance. Our common goal is then to make sense with what does not seem to have any, to offer this sense/meaning to our clients so that they can make good use of it, so that they can benefit from this knowledge unveiled with more clarity. One difference that I see between our practices is that while during the process of DataViz there is time to test and adapt the final visualisation (and it’s recommended by the speakers here), in the graphic recording process everything is done live on the spot: listening, then filtering, then summarising, then translation to the visual language. Without opportunity to test and adapt. 

To conclude

There are certainly synergies that can be established between our two communities to learn from each other’s. 

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The day ended with a fascinating session on how #dataviz helps us to better “see” black holes. Big thanks to Barthélémy von Haller and Jeremi Niedziela from CERN and Oliver James from DNEG. They guided us through this wonderful journey from the smallest elements of quantum physics to the black holes and their representation in the Interstellar movie. Magnificent presentation that shows that synergies between science and art can increase our knowledge about the unknown.

Graphic recording at EUdataviz 2019 Graphic recording at EUdataviz 2019

More information about the conference with all graphic recordings of the team is available on

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Visualisation of the 2017 #EURegionsWeek on Twitter

My original Visualisation of #EURegionsWeek 2017 on Twitter article is now  published on the Regional Studies, Regional Science open access journal.

It gives me a sense of pride that @RSRS_OA asked me to publish my data visualisation in their journal. I’d like to thank them very much for giving me this opportunity.

As so often with me, I started this project as an experiment. Little by little I worked on the data and, after a lot of tests, I finally arrive at this beautiful visualization. I anticipated that there was more to say, then I continued my investigation to conclude the article with the influencers.

I acknowledge that being published on the Regional Studies, Regional Science journal is a nice recognition. Nevertheless, I still prefer my original article where I allow my visitors to interact with the graph and with data. And as a bonus, I also give them some background information about the methodology and the used tools.


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