Project 2

Immigration, employment, education costs, campus sexual assaults, fracking, vaccines, women's pay equity, police violence against unarmed black men, women's right to reproductive health, genetically modified foods, affordable health care: all are complex and contentious contemporary issues with passionate supporters and critics. And all are supported or opposed by a variety of often confusing data and arguments.

Shakeil Greeley, Trail of Silence, 2015


This project requires you to address a significant contemporary issue using published data to support your particular view or argument. The goal of the project is to use data and design to convey a heightened recognition of the issue, to influence and empower users, and to promote engagement and activism.

On February 9, come to class prepared for discussion, with 1 or 2 proposals for specific projects - issues supported by data - and share any relevant projects with the group.
Lauris Olson, Penn Libraries Librarian & Coordinator of Social Sciences Collections, will be in class at 930 to introduce and assist with research and data sources.


Reading/video/visual research for Tuesday, February 9:

Critical InfoVis (Amelia, Laura, Catherine, Esther - discussion leaders)

Ben Rubin, In the Age of Data, talk at Magnum Photo Symposium, 2015

Trail of Silence data, Shak Greeley's project


Additional Resources:

Penn Libraries Guides—subject areas for research—for instance, a page on education research... and Lauris Olson page. Gallup Poll of Most Important Problems, 2015

For instance, Global Road Deaths, below:

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Ethan's Asian Stereotypes in Video Games, 2015:


Justin Lee's project, 2015:


Trends in Total Reported Sexual Assaults, below: (Statement from designer Cara McGrath)


Abigail Reynolds, Mount Fear, South London, (crime data visualization), below:

abigail reynolds crime stats london


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Reporting and visualization that reveals racial patterns and argues 'black lives matter.' Her book, Ghettoside, is reviewed here.

Debbie's Weight of Healthcare:


Lauren's Close to Home, Intimate Partner Violence:


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