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 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.