Data Journalism: a designer's perspective
Lulu Pinney, 15 October 2012
The internet has had a profound impact on journalism. The vast quantity of data the internet has enabled us to discover, collect, explore and share is part of this. Visual design provides a powerful tool for finding and telling the stories contained within data.
What shape is time and how should it be drawn? The talk emphasised innovations during the eighteenth century, when these questions were raised for the first time. The slides included some fascinating examples and detail of early timeline design.
Lulu believes that designers have much to contribute, and much to learn, as data journalism spans several disciplines. She was educated to become a numbers person, but became equally curious about pictures and words. She describes herself as an ‘Infografista – someone who explores, harnesses and then visually communicates information in a useful and digestible manner’.
Lulu Pinney teaches about and creates infographics, and writes a blog Telling Information. She is also associated with The Data Journalism Handbook: a free, open source reference book for anyone interested in data journalism. It’s a collaborative effort involving many of data journalism’s leading advocates and best practitioners around the world. It's published by O’Reilly, and is also freely available as a web edition online.