Episode 45: How to Use Data Viz to Bring People Together and Feel Connected - Featuring Amy Cesal and Zander Furnas
Welcome to episode 45 of Data Viz Today. Visualization isn't always about revealing the patterns in our data. Sometimes it can be used to bring people together. This featured viz is a project by Amy Cesal and her now-husband Zander Furnas that they created for their wedding to connect their guests to them and each other.
In this episode, we'll hear how this project was created, what they’d do differently in retrospect, and what specific questions you need to ask yourself before you start designing data viz to connect people.
In today’s episode, we’re exploring how to use data viz to connect people. The featured viz is a project by Amy Cesal and her now husband Zander Furnas that they created for their wedding. They created personalized badges and a giant network graph of their guests printed on a fabric banner to help bring a unique aspect of their relationship to their wedding (since they met while collaborating on data viz), and to help their guests feel valued and connected. It also acted as the perfect conversation starter.
But they learned that when you’re creating data viz to connect people, you have to always consider that the data as actual people…not just numbers in a spreadsheet...
So let’s hear how this project was born, what they’d do differently in retrospect, and what specific questions you need to ask yourself before you start designing data viz to connect people...
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