TED Talk: Why Data Should Be Over-the-Counter
October 24, 2015
Location: Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany
Link to Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36186S-RsKY
Description: The Internet and other technology realms have unleashed the communication of information, and much of that information is visual. Visualizations of high-stakes data and other vital information are rampant, as design represents a universal language that becomes increasingly dominant as we communicate across geographic boundaries. I’m passionate about important information being visualized effectively. Even before Florence Nightingale diagrammed soldiers' changing mortality rates to save lives, we have seen clever design used to convey statistics and other complex concepts. As societies’ communication becomes increasingly visual, we need to pursue a world where this communication is effective. We see art and design programs cut in our schools, yet design is a global language we need to speak well to communicate fully. When we’re fluent in visualizing our ideas, we can communicate them across global boundaries, across spoken language barriers, and across other obstacles thrown in our paths.