Note: I’m a graduate student at the University of Miami working on my capstone, a visualization of the Pictures of the Year International Archives. If you’re curious about my journey, here are my posts tagged with capstone.
Remember that design process I talked about establishing? Well, apparently I need to print it out and tape it right in front of me.
So when your mind is in one mode, it takes a long time to shift into a different mode, with a different type of language and thought process. Writing an academic paper is different from writing a blog post and writing the story of your data viz project.
“Take a break from the technical and focus on narrative”.
That’s the advice I got from Alberto recently. It makes sense right? I’ve been so focused on learning how to use d3 to make my charts that I don’t really even have a story. I have a general idea but not a complete picture. He is concerned I’ll spend way too much time building charts and not have a story to explain them. Valid!
So for the next few days, I am tasked with writing. No charts, no code. You would think that would make me happy. It does, but… going back into code mode is going to take some time. I just hope the notes I’ve taken are good enough to save me time.