Stories Through Data is part of my research into Data Visualisation as a PhD student at the London College of Communication.
In everyday life we experience an exponential increase in data. Data needs to be distilled into meaningful stories so people can understand them – because stories tend to be our way of organising what would otherwise be abstract information into experience, understanding and memory.
With this website I'm working to understand approaches to narrative in data visualisation design. I started by developing an analysis framework for recognising basic principles (and problems) of narrative, then I began using it to analyse and codify published data visualisation work from a wide range of contexts and applications.
This is an ongoing activity and I eventually aim to build a large corpus of 'texts' that are analysed and codified, essentially working towards understanding what trends or voids exist in current practice.
No doubt my analysis framework will adapt as time goes on, and different types of data visualisation I expect will challenge this whole process. Ultimately I am leading towards forming of hypotheses about data visualisation design methods and storytelling approaches in this work.