DATA LIBERATION – Holly Foster Media

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4 thoughts on “DATA LIBERATION

  1. Holly,
    As someone who works as a graphic designer and has made multiple infographics, I understand the importance of showcasing data visually in order to make it more digestible for the audience. I was a bit confused about the differences between infographics, data visualizations, and visual abstracts. While going through the presentation, it seemed like they were all the same. Are there any stark differences between them?

    When you were going through why data visualizations are important, you said “when visuals are engaging, you naturally spend more time focusing on the information that is presented”, which seems more like a statement than a fact. Maybe include some research/statistics to back up your statements with evidence.

    I enjoyed how your video has pop-ups since it allowed the video to become more engaging. Your voice seemed mellow and slow-paced which helped the viewer follow along to what you were saying. In your conclusion, it seems as though you are stating that these forms of data visualization are the only solution to help audiences interpret data. Not sure if that is right. Great job, can’t wait to see your final paper on the subject.

  2. I think you did a fantastic job with this Ignite presentation. The graphics all did an amazing job showcasing and deepening the information you were giving throughout the video. They were also very crisp and professional looking. You spoke confidently and clearly, citing sources directly, conveying to me that you really knew what you were talking about and believed in the value of data visualization. I also loved how you had some constant themes throughout, like the three bubbles you used to represent the different ways data can be visualized and used for someone’s profession.

    For your final paper, I would love to see specific examples where data visualization was a necessity in displaying information to others. While it does seem incredibly useful and interesting, I wonder if it was ever really imperative to a study in order to convey information to the best of a company/person’s abilities. I also think showing a varied sample of different professions or businesses using these types of graphics would be interesting. Would there be times where infographics would be a bad way to show data? What sets a part business visualization from what you would call a “general public” visualization? This was great, but I would personally also love to see what businesses commonly do wrong with these graphics or where these visuals thrive more than others in specific cases.

  3. Holly, I love the way your presentation was so clearly organized and walked through the three different types of visual stories you were describing. It provided just enough information to help me understand your topic, and pique my interest to learn more by reading your paper!

    Starting off with the quote was perfect – you set the context for why this is important and why we are seeing an explosion of these types of visual stories. The idea of “the inhuman scale of info” and these visual solutions as an attempt to put it into the “human scale” was really intriguing and something I had not thought of before!

    These types of visuals, specifically infographics and data visualizations – seem to have very quickly become an important way to communicate information. I had not put much thought into the difference between the two – and appreciate your work articulating those differences. I think one of the most interesting aspects of these types of visuals are exploratory – visuals that are created in order to find connections and relationships that we could not otherwise see from the straight text-based data. You hammer that point home in the end when you talk about all of the different disciplines that can be impacted by data visualization.

    It made me wonder if we will see a huge demand for graphic designers in fields beyond where we typically see them – for many years (even before the explosion of infographics!) I have seen an increasing need for people to have a certain amount of visual literacy. I’ve been I conversations at the college level where these types of outcomes have been discussed – but I have not seen much movement. And K-12 education is way behind in this – which is a huge disservice to kids who will be entering this visually rich information landscape in just a few years!

    Great work on boiling down a complex topic into a succinct presentation – you have a lot of rich material to work with here as you move into the written format. Good luck!

  4. Hi Holly,

    I thought it was really interesting how you decided to dive into three separate categories of data visualization for your ignite presentation and your final essay. I like how you broke down each category, and then described how utilizing visual additives spiked the time a person viewed something.

    When you spoke about infographics, I thought you offered a lot of great bits of information. The best part about them is that they engage the viewer without them realizing how many facts, events, and numbers are truly involved.

    The example you used for data visualization with the college freshman’s high schools showing how prepared they made their students was really good. It was a great way to define data visualization, especially using real objects to showcase a percentage.

    Visual abstracts are self explanatory, although altogether, I found that each category was very similar to one another. It was hard to distinguish between the three, especially because each encourages browsing and identifying what is most relevant to interests of viewers. In your final essay, I would provide more examples for each and maybe delve deeper into their defining differences.

    I would also love to know how companies do when they do not use visuals! Maybe compare companies that use these visual tactics to those that don’t and see how many readers and viewers they get. Overall, great work!

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