If you have read our recent post on dealing with difficult datasets, you will remember our efforts to create a visualization of human trafficking data taken from the Secretary of State’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.
When we began our Communication Design Workshop: Data Visualization our first assignment seemed fairly easy. We were tasked with finding a publicly-available dataset, geographic in nature, that we thought could reveal something interesting when visualized in two- and three-dimensions.
Finding an interesting dataset was easy. Working with it? Not so much.
In the field of design research, we use data visualization as an additional means to understand the context in which we propose design solutions. Similar to ethnographic research, interviews, secondary research and literature reviews, making sense of readily available data through visualization can serve as another mechanism to enhance our topic knowledge.