I'm interested in what is interesting, Ed Ruscha
The purpose of visualization is insight, not pictures, Ben Shneiderman
Artistic data visualization = actual data + artistic intent, Viegas, Wattenberg
How do you evaluate—grade?— art and design work?
Here are two articles for your reference.
The criteria and issues that stand out for me are:
1. skill to describe/articulate and frame a design question or problem verbally, visually or via some other form
2. participation in the studio and contribution to the studio culture
3. ability to transform ideas and rough concepts; to develop, refine, and successfully express or communicate
4. curiosity and willingness to experiment/explore/discover and to distill knowledge from this process
5. mastery of materials and craft in completing project (to the level required)
6. synthesis and aesthetics – create forms and relationships – to put things together with a level of completeness and in an engaging manner appropriate to the project
7. production of a body of work that demonstrates your design process and expresses what is interesting about the work by embedding meaning (your point of view, argument, interests, questions) in the work itself