Reading and Project 3 Start – for Mar 17

Employment, education, campus sexual assaults, fracking, vaccines, women’s pay equity, police violence against unarmed black men, women’s right to reproductive health, genetically modified foods: 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.
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 March 17, come to class with 1 or 2 proposed specific projects – issues supported by data – and present proposals and relevant similar projects to group.


Reading for Tuesday, March 17

Critical InfoVis (Debbie, Ethan, Lauren – discussion leaders)

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:

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Justin Lee’s project:


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.

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