Seeing Data Blog

The feeling of numbers (or, starting to think about our research findings)

by Helen Kennedy • April, 11th 2015

The feeling of numbers (or, starting to think about our research findings)

  It’s been a long time since our last project blog! Since November, we have been finalizing our field research with users, designing Phase 2 of our project website – which incorporates a large section dedicated to helping users develop their visualisation literacy – and starting to think about what we have found out oncontinue reading »

Talking to people about visualisations

by Rosemary Lucy Hill • November, 4th 2014

Talking to people about visualisations

Over the last couple of months Will Allen and I have been going around the country talking to various groups of people about their encounters with data visualisations (conducting focus groups). Some of the people we’ve spoken to have been particularly interested in data and data visualisation, but a lot of people have not: theycontinue reading »

What does ‘design for your audience’ mean?

by Andrew Kirk • October, 8th 2014

As has been explained, the focus of our research study is towards understanding the visualisation literacy of ‘everyday’ people and their inherent capability to read, understand and get the most out of data visualisations: What difficulties do they encounter? What type of visualisation do they find easier to work with? How intuitive do they findcontinue reading »

How do visualization professionals think about users?

by Helen Kennedy • September, 16th 2014

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As part of our endeavor to understand how people make sense of visualisations, we are interested in how the producers of visualisations perceive their end users. Assumptions about what makes an effective visualization and about how end users interact with visualisations inform how visualisations get made, which in turn informs how people interact with them.continue reading »

Visualising Text as Data

by William Allen • August, 19th 2014

Visualising Text as Data

Yesterday, a PhD student and I launched a new report with the Migration Observatory that analysed the language used by the UK national press to talk about Bulgarians and Romanians since December 2012. Textual analysis, as well as the visual representation of that analysis, is a topic that has really captured my interest because ofcontinue reading »

Trialling our focus groups

by Rosemary Lucy Hill • August, 13th 2014

Trialling our focus groups

This is a very exciting week for all of us on the Seeing Data team: we will finally begin to hear some responses to visualisations from members of the public. On Wednesday we will conduct our pilot focus group. A small number of individuals have been keeping diaries of the visualisations they have seen overcontinue reading »

Recognising the intent of a visualisation

by Andrew Kirk • August, 10th 2014

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The challenge of enhancing visualisation literacy is not just concerned with being able to comprehend a wider variety of charts and graphs. It is also about having greater sophistication to recognise what outcomes certain visualisations are attempting to accomplish and indeed what they are capable of accomplishing. We will soon be undertaking a series ofcontinue reading »

What can visualisation do? The work of Otto and Marie Neurath

by Helen Kennedy • July, 29th 2014

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The ordinary citizen ought to be able to get information freely about all subjects in which he is interested, just as he can get geographical knowledge from maps and atlases. There is no field where humanisation of knowledge through the eye is not possible“ (Neurath, O. 1939: 3). We are in the midst of acontinue reading »

Visualising Life at the US-Mexico Border

by William Allen • July, 24th 2014

Visualising Life at the US-Mexico Border

Over several periods from 2007 to 2009, I lived and worked in northern Mexico and the US-Mexico borderlands–particularly around the cities of Juarez and El Paso. As a social scientist interested in movement and borders, I found that time to be hugely formative in helping me understand how migration was central to everyday life. So,continue reading »

The Importance of Taking Time with Visualisations

by Rosemary Lucy Hill • July, 15th 2014

The Importance of Taking Time with Visualisations

In my other research I work on popular music. To be specific, fan experiences. I was fascinated, therefore, by Google’s Music Timeline which at first glance I thought showed the popularity of various genres over time (1950-2010). How exciting to be able to see trends in fandom, I thought. Taking a quick look at thecontinue reading »