The Big Data world we live in creates an increasing need for developing and reinventing the medium of data visualization. At the moment, the medium has evolved into an elaborate language we can use to present facts about the world. However, by striving to be universal and objective, the medium of dataviz is struggling to acknowledge the personal and the emotional side of our relationship with data.
In order to make that relationship more human, we started to work with physical data visualization in the context of experience design. We organized a series of workshops in Serbia with a goal to use physicals objects as a new way to represent various datasets. These datasets range from general ones, such as the Serbian foreign debt report, to personal ones, such as the collection of fears listed by each of our students.
Workshops were grounded in the idea that by representing data by physical objects we manage not only to communicate information but also elicit emotions.
In our talk, we will present these workshops as well as the final products and art/design pieces. We will discuss why we think some of them succeeded more than the others. We will also talk about what we see as the future of our work in this context.