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Data Visualization and Mapping

Scientists and artists use certain design techniques to present complex data sets in a systematic way. This resource includes a brief visual history of information design and a paired activity that could be used with any content.

1. View the slideshow and discuss different forms of data visualization

2. Activity: Represent your information in a visual “map.”

Using statistics as your starting point, create a graphic form that best fits the given information. Consider the relationship of form and content; for example, would a flowchart, grid, or geographic map be the best choice?

Also think about what is left out. Can excluding information help clarify a visual? What does it communicate about your viewpoint?

Example: Artist Enrique Chagoya compiled many viewpoints about public health and layered them to produce a complex “map.” This multi-media approach is encouraged and could be supported with textual explanation.


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