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Data and Design: Making stories visible

Past event Wednesday 31 March 2021
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    Wednesday 31 Mar 2021

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From your iPhone stats to the Covid-19 briefing slides, data visualizations are increasingly present in our lives.

How can designers bring numbers and stories to life and give meaning that is understandable?

In this collaborative event with global think tank ODI, join our expert panel to explore design and data. Discover how information design and data visualization has been used to communicate complex stories, uncover truths and challenge myths in times of crisis.

Our expert panel will be chaired by Marta Foresti and includes curator Natalie Kane, designer Leonardo de Vasconcelos, data visualsation journalist John Burn-Murdoch and information designer Federica Fragapane.

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Marta Foresti is the Director of ODI Europe and of ODI’s Human Mobility Initiative. She co-leads Keyworkers and the Mayors Dialogue on Growth and Solidarity with Federica Fragapane and she has a keen interest in research and design, most recently discussed at this masterclass at Palazzo Grassi.

Natalie D Kane is a curator, writer and researcher based in London, UK. She is Curator of Digital Design at the V&A, South Kensington.

Leonardo de Vasconcelos is a Brazilian designer based in London. His recent project Judging by the Cover uses data visualisation to highlight inequity in design publishing. Sparked by the lack of Black representation, the project shows the gap between white and BIPOC professionals in design books.

John Burn-Murdoch is the Financial Times’ senior data visualisation journalist, and creator of the FT’s coronavirus trajectory tracker charts. He has been leading the FT’s data-driven coverage of the pandemic, exploring its impacts on health, the economy and wider society. When pandemics are not happening, he also uses data and graphics to tell stories on topics including politics, economics, climate change and sport, and is a visiting lecturer at the London School of Economics.

Federica Fragapane is an award-winning freelance information designer and ODI Research Associate who has worked with ODI, Google, BBC Science, National Geographic Kids and many others. Federica is a co-author of Planet Earth: Infographics for Discovering Our World and her work has been featured as design of the week by Design Emergency and by design magazine Wallpaper.

Image Credit: Federica Fragapane, Alex Piacentini and ODI, 2020. Explore the project - Migrants’ contribution to the COVID-19 response.

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