Visualization: the Medium (Response)

With visualization, it is important to remember what you are trying to communicate. I am a more right brained thinker which means I am more creative and less analytical in my thought processes, so naturally I was drawn to the artistic side of data, specifically the data art. I like the idea that data doesn’t always have to look boring like one would naturally assume. It can be expressive and interesting. The chapter says that it is hard to explain exactly what data art is, but “the work is often less about decision making and more about a relationship to the numbers—or rather what they represent—to experience data.” I would like to think that I agree with this. I would much rather experience the data than just look at it and not feel anything at all.

Understanding Data (Response)

I thought that this chapter was really interesting. Its important to note that data can be portrayed in several different ways, and I didn’t really understand that concept before. I always saw the graphs in my textbooks or online but didn’t really make the correlation of what those graphs actually meant visually. In this chapter it says that “The connection between data and what it represents is key to visualization that means something. It is key to thoughtful data analysis. It is key to a deeper understanding of your data.” As a designer, it is vital for me to extract something of value from those graphics so that when I am asked to produce something visually interesting with the data that I have collected, I will be able to do it efficiently and effectively. It’s all about communication.