The Shape of History: Reimagining Nineteenth-Century Data Visualization

  • December 1, 2016 • 4 PM
  • Hurst Lounge (Room 201), Duncker Hall

Data visualization is not a recent innovation. Even in the nineteenth century, economists and educators, as well as artists and illustrators, were fully aware of the inherent subjectivity of visual perception, the culturally-situated position of the viewer, and the power of images in general—and of visualization in particular—to convey arguments and ideas. In this talk, Lauren Klein (Georgia Tech) examines the history of data visualization through the lens of two visualization pioneers: William Playfair (1759-1832) and Elizabeth Peabody (1804-1894), showing how each expressed ideas about data, error, iteration, and interaction through their visual designs. For more information, visit the Humanities Digital Workshop website.