Data by Design

Data by Design: An Interactive History of Data Visualization, 1786-1900, challenges the commonly-held belief that visualization serves as a neutral method for data’s display. In a series of five “data narratives” — chapter-length web-based texts that employ interactive visualizations in order to advance their claims — this project traces the rise of modern data visualization techniques. While we are designing and prototyping the project site, you can visit lklein.com/data-by-design/ to learn more about the project’s intellectual underpinnings. You can also explore our investigations of Elizabeth Palmer Peabody’s chronological grids and William Playfair’s time-series charts. We are currently adapting both of those projects into data narratives for Data by Design.