T1-MMT-P2 Data Visualisation Masterclass

My employment background is in computer science, the current day job is data analytics. It doesn’t appear much on this blog because while those skills and techniques feed into textile and college work they generally remain separate domains. Until last Monday, at a day course titled Data Visualization Masterclass: Principles, Tools, and Storytelling (http://datavismasterclass.org/). Some of the blurb: “Using principles of human visual perception with modern methods and tools, you can create insightful visual representations of complex data, as well as compelling visualizations for communication.”

It was exciting, and at times disorienting. Tamara Munzner gave a wonderful, fast, high-level overview. So many ideas I am still processing and integrating: replacing of cognition with perception; human attention and memory; abstraction; design; information density (including whitespace); research based ordering of communication effectiveness of different channels – position on a scale above length above tilt (some tilts) then area and depth and only then colour luminance / saturation. Other speakers who showed specific examples worked in life sciences – lots of genomes and protein structures and biomedicine. All of which I was translating into problem areas in my own very different workplace and, with a jolt, into … here. Textiles and art and OCA studies.

It’s too soon to know how much will cross the divide, how some of the ideas will influence my artwork, but I’ve found a recent exhibition of interest – Peregrinations, Constellations. At Schema Projects in Brooklyn NY and curated by Jeanne Heifetz, the exhibition description includes

    “We live in the age of “big data.” Through the reach of the internet, researchers in almost every field can now analyze thousands, even millions, of discrete bits of information, uncovering patterns and significance that smaller data sets could never reveal. Like “big data” researchers, the artists in our show make discoveries that are only possible through the aggregation of multiple small bits of information.”


I’ve pinned to some of the artists on https://www.pinterest.com/fibresofbeing/data-visualisation/

Management of complexity – detail is important – was a big element of Tamara Munzner’s presentation, and I am particularly struck by Janice Caswell’s works where she has painted over photographs, isolating some forms, still preserving traces of the full picture (http://janicecaswell.com/work/new/).

There are also some amazing images on http://www.visualcomplexity.com/vc/

T1-MMT-P2 Data Visualisation Masterclass
Textiles 1 – Mixed Media for Textiles
Part 2: Joining and wrapping
Workshops etc: Data Visualisation Masterclass

2 Responses to “T1-MMT-P2 Data Visualisation Masterclass”

  1. 1 JulieB June 19, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Sounds amazing. Great to hear the way this has resonated with you and set you thinking in a new direction – don’t you love it when that happens and different aspects of your life collide in a positive way.

  2. 2 fibresofbeing June 19, 2015 at 8:29 am

    It’s odd Julie. As you say it’s great when things resonate like this, but at the moment I know it more than feel it. Slightly off balance!

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