In my Data Therapy workshops I focus on redefining what “data visualization” means. Most people think of complicated pictures with dots and lines, or snappy info-graphics with big numbers. I argue that more informal data presentation can help you engage your audience in the data story you are telling. Towards that goal, I show up to workshops with a big box of craft materials – LEGOs, pipe cleaners, and more!
Here are some pictures from last night’s NetSquared meetup. I showed people a little bit of the data from the Somerville Happiness Survey. Then I paired them up and gave them 5 minutes to turn the craft materials into a presentation of data. This activity serves as a great ice-breaker, and resets the boundaries of what counts as a data presentation. More importantly, it’s fun. Let me know if you have ideas about other activities that I could use!