Twenty Twelve heralds my last two quarters as an MCDM student and in the last few years I’ve seen a few changes in my life as a result of my time spent in this program. One major change would be increased interest in all things data related. My Google Reader is full of data and infographic blogs (such as Information is Beautiful and FlowingData), I spent an afternoon learning from Edward Tufte, I’ve improved my own data visualization skills working in Adobe Illustrator and I’ve been plotting ways for how I can meet the one and only Hans Rosling.
Beyond that, my love of data has proved to be infectious as our family holiday card this year included a QR code and web address to see “Twenty Eleven Graphically Visualized.” Yes, the MCDM has turned my entire family into data visualization nerds.
As a line graph, this is a relatively simple visualization, but we still managed to squeeze in a year’s worth of data points.
We decided on which points we would highlight in order to keep it simple and readable, while maximizing nerds points. For example, we nixed any data points that would run too similar of a line and make the graph hard to decipher, but including the number of Song of Ice and Fire books. Couple that with the fact that our holiday card included a QR code and a data visualization, and I think it’s clear why our Nerd Factor is at an all time high.
I’m sure all my fellow classmates have similar stories of how the MCDM has crept outside the classroom. We all expect it to show up in the workplace as we develop careers in digital media, but more and more I see little MCDM elements pop up in my daily life. I can only imagine how next year’s holiday card will turn out…