"Journalism in the age of data" response
Two themes stood out to me from the video:
Paying attention to the balance between data (the amount being presented, what's included/not) and the how it's presented/the medium (how artistic/complex it is, how does it come off to viewer) is essential when trying to create good data visualisations that both convey messages and allow the viewer to find their own narrative. At some points people in the video talk about how data visualisations are getting very artistic and visual enticing, but are failing to communicate the data in a way that suits the viewer. Furthermore, at other points they talk about how some visualisations are too data heavy and trying to do too much. Finding a happy balance between these two extremes is something I feel like they advocated for, although they did not provide a specific method to achieve such a balance.
I also thought the idea that the programs/mediums through which representations are created are essential parts of the data visualisation process was important to note. The speakers in the video not only talk about how the type of program selected plays an important role in determining the final product, but also how the programs widely available to the public effect how they consume and share data. However, I think where they were optimistic that programs would become more widely/publicly available and utilised, I think the reality is that these programs have actually become more distant from average consumer.
Several things have stuck with me from Teresita Fernandez's talk since we listened to it last week. In particular, themes of uniqueness, mystery and creation/destruction/repair are what come to mind.
Fernandez takes some time to discuss what she took away from college/university and what those listening might take away. In the vein, she mentions how a quick google search can find much of the information you might learn in a classroom and how really what will come to define your work are the things you experienced that shaped and continue to shape you. By embracing this process and letting it drive you, the unique aspects of your questions, approach and work will take form. Furthermore, in examining this process, by looking within, one can start to "break open a mystery" and work on "making your unknown, known".
The image of a broken piece of pottery, the cracks filled in with gold, has also stuck in my head. With this image, the idea that in defining destruction as the end of a process, and repair as unattractive, we are eliminating possibilities is something I've been thinking about. What is matrix that defines what is possible, desirable, ect. just creates barriers in our heads, separating us from the task at hand.