Response to Chapter 2 of Data Points Visualization

I was surprised that line graphs, bar charts, and pie charts were made back in the late 1700 century. Thanks to technology, more data is recorded and easier to find, better than looking through index cards. I wouldn’t mind playing with Tree-map to explore Hierarchical data, since there’s so much information. I would like to make a tree of my family heritage. Patrick Smith’s posters are also very interesting. I think he nailed OCD, but I wish they put up depression posters, since that has personal meaning for me. I guess I’ll have to look that up and see how he interpreted depression with data.
My favorite type of data charts has to be the humorous ones, since they can give interesting information. It’s fun to laugh at something that charts are usually associated with showing serious content. Data art is also very fascinating to look at, since I didn’t imagine that sometimes you can tell a movie’s theme by stopping for seconds then collect all the images together. Next thing you know it’s a color map to your movie. The darker the map, the more morbid the movie seems to be. I need to also remember to install the Planetary app for my ITunes since the way it changes your playlist into a planetary alignment. It is very interesting and unique.

Response to Visualize this

I find it hard to visualize data without some form of graphics accompanying it. Without graphs like Trendalyzer by the Gapminder foundation, I would find it very difficult to visualize the changes in poverty of countries. Even these graphics in books make it more possible for my mind to understand what I’m reading, especially since I’m a visual learner. Without these living data stories, I don’t think I would understand much of anything I read from a textbook and sometimes even a newspaper. I’ve even noticed, as does the writer, that if the presenter of a graphic doesn’t have much enthusiasm the graphic loses a lot of its flair. Just like if a student is assigned a project they care little for, they will not present it very well compared to a student whose studied it for a long time which will be much more enthusiastic. I think humor is very important with their presentation because if they are too serious, the graphic becomes too serious and people again will lose interest in this data story.

Data checking is very important and sometimes I wonder if people actually do so. I’ve seen some graphics in the same time period of a book on the same story and be completely different. I seem to wonder which is right. Even the graphic movie we saw in class of the Olympic rings presenting countries with the highest percentage of inmates, I was disagreeing with the statistics. Last semester I had read in my criminal justice class that America now has the most imprisoned people in the world. For some reason everyone was saying china. Something has to be off and need some more background check. Other than that, the Olympic ring graphic was much more interactive and fun then what the criminal justice textbook had, but it’s all about is it true or not.