Dear Data project (50%)

Following the examples of Dear Data and Dear Data Two, gather, analyze, and visually represent data about yourself for two weeks. You’ll create two postcards, each of which represents one week of data that you’ve gathered on a specific topic. The front of each postcard will present your visualization of the data you’ve gathered and analyzed, and the back will provide the legend and other explanation that helps readers understand the visualization. In addition to turning in these two postcards, you’ll write a reflection that discusses how you approached the project and what you learned from it about yourself, about data, about visualization, and perhaps about other topics as well.

You’ll be most successful with this project if you keep this advice in mind:

  • select topics that are genuinely interesting to you
  • test your data collection plan before you start
  • collect data carefully and completely throughout the week
  • keep notes and reflect on the project as you’re working on it
  • analyze the data you’ve collected in order to find the most interesting messages or stories in it
  • experiment with different ways to visualize the data and get feedback from others on your designs
  • take time to reflect on what you’re learned and compose your reflection with care

 


Public Service Announcement project

Create a data/image combination that targets a specific audience and attempts to raise awareness and change attitudes about an important social issue. You’ll need to verify and cite the source of the data that you include; the image should be a collage or an edited image created in a photo editing program (e.g., Photoshop, GIMP). In addition to turning in the data/image combination, you’ll write a reflection that explains the process you used and the choices you made in creating the public service announcement and that also describes a plan for presenting this work to its target audience.

You’ll be most successful with this project if you keep this advice in mind:

  • choose an issue that you care about
  • choose a target audience that genuinely needs to be informed about the issue
  • include data that would be most compelling for your target audience
  • verify the data and accurately represent its limitations
  • use the photo editing techniques covered in class to create a compelling and original image
  • take time to reflect on what you’re learned and compose your reflection with care
  • present a reasonable plan to get the PSA to its target audience

 


Text Visualization project

Use one or more text visualization programs to analyze and represent text as data.