Through the development of my project and research I have changed the direction of my project. Initially I was going to document the creation process of my data visualisation, and provide the data visualisation as a secondary document. However after discussion with my employers (who’s data I was visualising), it was discussed that for privacy I would only supply these documentation to them, to protect the sensitive information. Instead I am creating a Designers’ Guidelines to Visualising Information. The document will cover the following elements:
- Brief History of data visualisation
- Exploration of cybernetics and cognitive understanding of information.
- Visualisation and the design process
- Digital literacy and Communication 2.0
- Visualization: Learning and Education
- Future and obstacles.
The document should act as a guide, highlighting some considerations that need to be taken when developing a piece of visualization. Whilst also providing a strategy for designers, to better utalize neuroscience breakthroughs to more…
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So in my last blog, I briefly explored the proliferation of data, and examined how humans interact and process all this information. Going on to explore how data visualization has emerged as people seek to find ways to interpret complex information and translate it into a format that is easily understood.
This week I dove into the topic of data visualization more methodically, in the aim to answer this question: “What is data visualization, and why does it matter?” In this I examined the historical and academic origins of the practice; examine its use in society and lastly explored and analyzed key examples of data visualization.
While some might think that data visualization is a new concept, and only emerged with the introduction of Web 2.0, computers and developments in statistics. In actuality, graphic representation of quantitative information has deep roots. According to historian Michael Friendly (2006 & 2008)…
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Data. It seems like such a simple concept. However in the 21st century with the immense proliferation of social media and the continual advancement in technology, this four-letter word has become much more complex and essential to our everyday lives.
We live in a time where information (data) is often translated from words, into zeros and dashes (binary data) and then back to words, but a staggering 65% of the world are visual learners. Images are processed much more efficiently than text at a speed of 13 milliseconds, compared to the 250 milliseconds taken to process text.
Neuroscientist agree that text simply can’t do what images can do, visual stimulus amplifies any message by accelerating communication, increasing comprehension, improving retention and stimulating a greater emotional responses.
Data journalistDavid McCandless states that by “visualising information it turns it into an info map to follow. Data visualisation therefor combines…
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"Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data." Neuromancer (@GreatDismal) .