Have any of you seen the utterly fabulous Dear Data by Giorgia Lupi and Stephanie Posavec? These two data designers undertook a project of collecting weekly data on aspects of their lives (how many times they became irritated with their spouse, for example). Each week they converted that data into a visual form and sent a postcard of it to each other. On the cover is the visual data and on the back was an explanation of the thought process that went into it. Have a look at their story:
I think this is such a fabulous idea to teach students how to see data, how to think about collect it and how to visualise ways to represent the data. For me, it combines the best aspects of research: interesting stuff to collect and creativity. Visit their site here, if you want more. (I’ve begun collecting data on how many times I give my dog some loving. The data reveals what she has indicated all along: Not enough!)
Today I came across this blog on qualitative data visualisation. In the blog, author Jennifer Lyons begins with this: “Visualizing qualitative data is like making homemade risotto. You are standing over the stove (aka hunkered down with your computer), waiting patiently for the magic to happen. It’s slow and sweaty, but in the end SO worth it. There is a reason you can’t order risotto at McDonalds, and there is a reason you can’t display your qualitative findings in a nice neat dot plot. I am going to share some resources and ideas that will help give your audience a taste of your rich qualitative findings.” Qualitative researchers, are you salivating yet? Go and read the blog! She has a whole crayon box full of ideas.