How We Use Data to Inspire Design – Design x Data – Medium By Arianna McClain & Rohini Vibha When most people imagine good design, numbers probably don’t come to mind. In fact, anything quantitative might feel completely at odds with the concept of beautiful design. But at IDEO, in addition to connecting with people and learning their stories, designers use quantitative data as a tool to gain empathy and inspiration. We learn from numbers the same way we learn from people, because we see numbers as a representation of people. In our traditional human-centered design process, we empathize by going where people live and work.
How Data Visualization Can Perpetuate Inequality Sometimes, whether we know it or not, the choices we make when we visualize data can reinforce and even perpetuate racial disparity and it’s time that we talk about it. The lull of the computer monitor and the belief we are just working with numbers can make us lose sight of the fact that there are people behind this data who have given of themselves, sometimes unwillingly, and that we have a responsibility to them when we visualize. There’s a lot to say on this topic (maybe because it hasn’t been discussed out in the open very much). But I’m going to start here with an example from my colleague, Vidhya Shanker (she’s Director of Research, Innovation & Program Evaluation at Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis), and share other examples in future blog posts. The Case of the Bleeding Infestations
Map your moves This dynamic map is a visual exploration of where New Yorkers moved in the last decade. It distills more than 4000 moves from over 1700 people, collected in an informal survey by WNYC, a New York based public radio station. As most moves occurred from, to or within the New York area, this area is enlarged in the white circle at the center of the graphic. The rest of the world is mapped with a damped distance function, in order to fit everything into one screen without losing too much white space. Each circle corresponds to one zip code area. Its size indicates the number of moves to or from the area. One Dataset, Visualized 25 Ways “Let the data speak.” It’s a common saying for chart design. The premise — strip out the bits that don’t help patterns in your data emerge — is fine, but people often misinterpret the mantra to mean that they should make a stripped down chart and let the data take it from there. You have to guide the conversation though. You must help the data focus and get to the point. Otherwise, it just ends up rambling about what it had for breakfast this morning and how the coffee wasn’t hot enough.
Parsing complex social study data NPR’s #15girls project looks at the lives of 15 year old girls around the world. The reporting team was interested in using data from the World Values Survey (WVS) to help inform the reporting and produce a “by-the-numbers” piece. Analyzing the World Values Survey data represents a fairly typical problem in data journalism: crunching numbers from social science surveys.
Jambalaya: an interactive environment for exploring ontologies Margaret-Anne Storey, Natalya F. Noy, M.A. Musen, Casey Best, Ray Fergersen, Neil Ernst, “Jambalaya: an interactive environment for exploring ontologies”, International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, 2002 (Link) Visualisation Tools and Resources Drawing by numbers organises data visualisation tools under four categories - Charts and graphs; Mapping and mashups; Design, layout and presentation; and Data management tools. Browse through them below. However advanced their capabilities, most of the tools profiled here address fairly simple data and design tasks. They also have feature sets that anyone with a little technical knowledge (and some persistence) could use to make something. They all have acceptable support structures and materials and a degree of non-English language support.
Hollywood Visualisation Challenge - Design shortlist We offered a massive dataset on Hollywood budgets, genres, review scores for every film from 2007-2011. We asked you to visualise the interesting stories you could find. Here’s what you came up with… Do yourself a favour: grab a coffee, get comfortable and enjoy these beautiful visualizations. The Top Most Profitable Movies of 2011 Across 22 Story Types – Cristina Vanko Nice story flow with good relationships between data explored. Gun Deaths In America This interactive graphic is part of our project exploring the more than 33,000 annual gun deaths in America and what it would take to bring that number down. See our stories on suicides among middle-age men, homicides of young black men and accidental deaths, or explore the menu for more coverage. Methodology The data in this interactive graphic comes primarily from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Multiple Cause of Death database, which is derived from death certificates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is widely considered the most comprehensive estimate of firearm deaths. In keeping with the CDC’s practice, deaths of non-U.S. residents that take place in the U.S. (about 50 per year) are excluded.
Winners: Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2015 This year’s Information is Beautiful Awards is a treasure trove of outstanding dataviz. Thanks to our esteemed sponsor Kantar for supporting creativity in information design, providing $30k in prizes to the winners below. GOLD – Vaccines and Infectious Diseases by Dov Friedman and Tynan Debold at The Wall Street Journal SILVER – A World of Languages by Alberto Lucas Lopez, published by SCMP BRONZE – Rise of Partisanship by Mauro Martino and Clio Andris The 37 best tools for data visualization It's often said that data is the new world currency, and the web is the exchange bureau through which it's traded. As consumers, we're positively swimming in data; it's everywhere from labels on food packaging design to World Health Organisation reports. As a result, for the designer it's becoming increasingly difficult to present data in a way that stands out from the mass of competing data streams.