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
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:
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:
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: