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Project 2

February 2, 2016

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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