Rocío Fatás


Week 3: Srishti – W4aW

Day 7

January 23, 2018

I brought a few books from the library:

1. Jessica Helfand
: Screen
: Essays on Graphic Design, Mew Media, and Visual Culture
2. John Maeda
Creative Code
3. John Maeda
Design By Numbers
4. Wickham & Grolemund
R for Data Science
5. Robert L. Harris
Information Graphics, A Comprehensive Illustrated Reference.

We watched ‘The Joy of Data’ (a documentary produced by the BBC), followed by a TED talk, The Beauty of Data Visualization by David McCandless, author of books Information is Beautiful and Knowledge is Beautiful.

In the afternoon we started a discussion around the perils of data collection by those in power. We concluded with an overview of the project from both an ethical and philosophical perspective. I explained one of our goals is to put subjective data in contrast to objective data so that the subjects are seen as humans, not numbers. We changed our plans, instead of ideation we got to watch Nosedive, a chapter of Black Mirror, which reflects some of the moral implications associated with certain ways of doing data.


Day 8

January 24, 2018

In the morning, we watched the documentary The Human Face of Big Data (or this link to full movie, with subtitles in Portuguese), and then we watched a TED talk The best stats you’ve ever seen, by Hans Rosling.

In the afternoon we did a mindmappint exercise: ‘Your personal Universe around this project’. Some students explored the web as a start to their research instead.


Day 9

January 24, 2018

Students brought a story they had individually selected to represent graphically through data. We discussed everybody’s story, and reflected on importance of qualitative/quantitative data. They engaged in their process of data segregation of their own stories.

In the afternoon, we read the link about SCRUM and Trello that Lisette sent us, and checked the links Nele sent about the project we will be collaborating with them in. The project is called Citizens First and is run by Oxfam Novib.


Citizens First was a human security program managed by Oxfam Novib and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It supported citizens and local civil society organizations (CSOs) in Afghanistan and Pakistan to advocate for essential services in food security, agriculture, education and public health.

See links with reports:


Day 10

January 25, 2018

We Skyped Lisette from our respective homes (she was in Cairo). Lisette introduced herself, and we talked a little about the project: a large part of the data that was collected in written in Urdu, and we need to work only with the data that is written in English.