Visualizing Data Through Art

Ignite Presentation: Visualizing Data Through Art

List of image references and content bibliography

4 comments on “Visualizing Data Through Art

  1. shelleycrick

    Hi, Kristen;

    I absolutely love that your project looks at data stories as art forms. How brilliant! I don’t know if I’ve ever looked at or even though about tactile data opportunities. It tracks though, as you say; art helps people make sense of the world. Presenting data in a more beautiful way not only helps communicate the information, but it makes it more memorable. And perhaps, even more real because it can be experienced.

    I’m also glad you talked about design and gestalt principles and the importance of adhering to these guidelines when creating art and telling the data story, and not just arbitrarily presenting data.

    The scarves and baby blanket examples are a wonderfully simple, beautiful, subtle way to present information. Lacing the data into what is already an artistic expression makes it more interesting and noteworthy.

    Your Ignite presentation is not only interesting, but also introduced something new for me. You’re an engaging speaker and I appreciate that you paced yourself and didn’t rush through all of your slides and what you had to say. You explained what you presented, along with some thought-provoking concepts. Thank you for that.

    How are you planning to expand on this for your final? Are you going to create a piece of data art? Perhaps break down a piece that you’ve discovered; showing it in numbers with tables and bar charts and comparing it to the art?
    I always enjoy your work, so I’m very excited to read your final post.

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  2. Hi Kristen.

    Wow, what a beautiful and intriguing presentation! I am far more familiar with visualizations that are less art and more facts, so from beginning to end I was entranced with your ignite presentation. You clearly took great care in choosing your slide content, and it makes for a very enjoyable five minutes.

    The Tempestry Project was particularly appealing to me, as well as the scarf that was created by the marine biologist. I also enjoyed the story of the woman who was far too familiar with the train delays that are inevitable in the daily life of a commuter. How creative to use and that data in her knitting as a coping mechanism. And like you said, the data can become almost invisible beneath the surface of the artwork.

    At the conclusion of our presentation you said “Creative expression of data visualizations is just one more way that we can process the complex data all around us and place it into a context that evokes strong emotions, and perhaps even changes behavior in the world around us.” Is that the direction you are moving toward for your final project? I sure hope so, because I am curious to learn how the more abstract visualizations can impact us. Very much looking forward to reading your final essay Kristen.


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  3. Kristen,

    Your presentation brought to light a topic that I have not thought much about before. We have talked about how data can create stunning visuals and how it can be art in the sense that it creates a unique way to display data in a picture. However, we did not talk about how data can be used to create beautiful art in physical objects like a scarf or blanket.

    Designing items like a baby blanket using the baby’s sleep patterns creates a simple and beautiful way to knit a blanket that also has a much deeper meaning. Data art is also so amazing because you can enjoy the art itself, or look deeper and fully analyze everything that is going on within the design. To the common person, one would think the scarf with the grey, white, and red, was just a normal pattern on a scarf. However, it really tracks the train delays for a local commuter.

    I think this is a really interesting topic and I cannot wait to learn more about it. I think it would be a good idea to find a few of your favorite examples of data in art and dive deeper into them. Talk about Gestalt principles and color theory that can help to elaborate on why the art is so impactful. Maybe even try to create your own, or come up with an idea for your own data art design. You have a really cool idea and I cannot wait to read more about it.

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  4. I loved how you used the coursework to enhance your thoughts on data visualization. The photos you used were fascinating, many of them doubling as both useful and beautiful. I also loved how none of them even glanced at the conventional formats usually used to display data. They were new and interesting, like the way the fabric was used to display global warming. You spoke extremely clearly, allowing room within your words for the viewer to be able to understand and comprehend your points. The audio and visuals of your presentation worked so seamlessly together to give a thought-provoking video.

    In your final paper, I would love to hear your thoughts on what different kinds of issues you think would thrive from these kinds of physical and tangible forms of data art? Do you think these forms would work in displaying something like political data? Is there a form of data art that you think would be too detailed and complicated to fully get across the message it is trying to convey? Are there critics of data art, saying that it adds too much fluff to the weighty information it is trying to display? I would love to hear the arguments for and against it since I could easily see this type of data visualization being divisive amongst people.

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