Paolo Ciuccarelli is Associate Professor and Scientific Director at DensityDesign, a Research Lab in the Design Department at Politecnico di Milano. The focus is on exploiting the potential of data visualization and information design to foster understanding and to support decision-making processes. Their research aims at developing open and inclusive visual experiences that respect the multidimensionality of complex (social) phenomena.
Monday 7 April: Visualising information
Session 1Presenting with Giorgio Uboldi
RAW: the missing link between spreadsheets and vector graphics
One of the most exciting experiences one can imagine in being a designer is the possibility to design the tools you need to do design. It’s not about making a tool for yourself, in a self-referential contingent problem-solving process: it’s about designing something for the designer community that implies eventually also yourself. It’s about taking into consideration all the ethical and aesthetical – in a broad sense – implications of developing and implementing such a tool in a “societal” context.
This is the frame for Raw, an Open Source web application that creates custom vector-based visualizations on top of d3.js; a sketch tool “built by information designers for information designers” – in the words of Drew Skau at Visual.ly – for quick and preliminary data explorations as well as for generating editable visualizations. Conceived at first as an internal solution to support specific projects, RAW is evolving into a platform that tries to integrate broadly into the professional and educational practices of information design. Going through the story behind it, explaining how it works, and discussing the feedback we have received so far, is an opportunity to discuss the future of information design as a discipline.