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Data + Design: the Case for Creating Visualizations by Hand

Data + Design: the Case for Creating Visualizations by Hand | visual data | Scoop.it

Programs like Photoshop and Illustrator prompt perfection by bringing mathematics to bear on our inexact lines, make perfect circles out of our warbly loops, and create the exact #xxxxxx for our pixelated palettes.

While technology plays a big role in the data visualization world, it can come at a loss of variation: the unique stories that only our own hands can tell.

For designers and journalists, there are a number of good reasons to design by hand...


Last week, Pratt-educated street typographer Pablo A. Medina gave a lecture at New York’s Type Directors Club. His fonts — Cuba, Vitrina, North Bergen — are as irregular as the signs from which they hail. It’s an irregularity Medina acquiesces to in his artwork, in which he paints new messages using old, found fonts. Handmade designs are more personal, more expressive, more fun.

He’s not the first to notice. Famous artists like Greg Lamarche and Margaret Killigan, as well as underground grafitti artists around the world have all realized the beauty of creating by hand. It’s not perfect — and that exactly is the point.


In general, creating graphics the old-fashioned way is great for those who have not yet mastered software, and it enables more freedom of movement and, by extension, expression.

Even if you are too afraid to let a little bit of yourself out when designing data visualizations, mock up creations by hand. Designing visualizations this way can still be faster and have fewer limitations...


Read further to learn more about how creating images by hand saves time, electricity, and unnecessary labor, while allowing more opportunities for creative exploration and expression.

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Stefanie Posavec on Her Obsessive Analog Data Visualization

Stefanie Posavec on Her Obsessive Analog Data Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it
Inside the brain of one of today's most creative information patternists.

In the age of computational data visualization, part of what makes Posavec’s work so remarkable is that so much of it is code-free, done entirely by hand, with pencil and paper, extracting fascinating data patterns from ordinary subjects. A wonderful short film offers a rare glimpse of Posavec’s creative process and a priceless tour of the wonderland that is her mind...

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Stefanie Posavec: Creates her data-viz projects by hand

Stefanie Posavec: Creates her data-viz projects by hand | visual data | Scoop.it

Now that there are entire programming languages dedicated to automating data visualization, you couldn't be faulted for assuming that Stefanie Posavec creates her dizzingly intricate infographics with algorithmic help. But you'd be wrong. In this gorgeous video profile by Protein, Posavec reveals that she analyzes and creates her data-viz projects by hand.


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