For this 1st project in ARTS 398 Data Visualization (at U. Nebraska), students were asked to consider the last few decades of their life with a view of answering the following question: How did I get here?

As they thought through this question, they considered the following:

  • not everything that appears important is important in the context of this question
  • some things that might, on first thought, appear inconsequential might actually have been important aspects of your journey
  • your objective is not to tell us your entire biography, nor to simply highlight key life events. Instead, your goals are (1) to consider what is a data set; and (2) to explore the concept of tension in story telling.
Jacob Headid (2015)

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