Hello everyone! I’ve recently created Dataglitches, an Instagram account where I’d like to share beautiful screenshots, drafts and mistakes that happen designing and developing data visualizations, mostly from my daily job here at Accurat. Hope you like it!
@p_maravich @scott I saw that some time ago Giovanni, it's very interesting. And I wonder how we can utilize Instagram for vis more. I only really know Mona Chalabi that's also posting worthy stuff on the platform.
A platform like Mastodon - but made after Instagram and made for data vis - would be awesome. Instagram right now is basically only for social signaling
They use it because it doesn't support text posts and has a strict organization of images (in squared grids), and so all images for each user have coherence, forming a narrative
The focus on narrative would dictate the kinds of vizes that would get popular from such a platform: personal, cultural, and creative. But I know I want to see more of that
@matth @scott (long thread, sorry) this is interesting Matt, I’ve never focused to much on social networks nature and purposes and before you mentioned the narrative aspect I was wondering about various account related to dataviz. I can mention a few, just to explain:
1) Guys from The Visual Agency posted for a while abstract pictures of charts with the hashtag #achartaday ( https://www.instagram.com/the.visual.agency/) but as you can see there is no proper narration
@matth @scott Once I read your comment I started wondering about the importance of narration within Instagram and I think I can see it in profiles such as Zach Lieberman’s one (https://www.instagram.com/zach.lieberman), even if he’s not showing proper dataviz, in his case the daily posting of experiments and drafts show a sort of evolution of technique, I’d consider this a form of narration
In my case I have no proper narration for Datagiitches in my mind, I recognised beauty in my daily process and wanted to create a repo for it, do you think there will be room on Instagram for dataviz narrations? My main fear is that it does not look like the best social media for this purpose
What it means to me is a body of work that compels narrations to form in viewers' minds. Your images or Michelle's might not follow one another, but each compels us to think about stories behind it. We might then link those stories together to form a larger narrative about what you do, who you are, etc.
Mona maintains a unique style over time, so we can project personalities onto her. It also inspires us to imagine future projects
@p_maravich @scott Instagram is definitely not suited for vis, if what we mean by 'vis' is the specific genres of datavis we know all too well - like NYT, The Pudding, even the things you make at your work (although those still match my definition of 'narrative')
But Instagram wasn't made to fit anything contemporary either - people started using it and it became its own thing. People adapted to the technology, not the other way around
But the kind of visualizations I want to see in the future are creative, personal, and full of life, the kinds that compel users to reflect on their own personal stories. Given that the culture which emerged around Instagram has fully accomplished this, I think there could be a lot to take from the interface
Thanks for sharing those accounts, by the way
@p_maravich We made a datavis glitches exhibition last year in Quebec. I will be close to Milan at the end of summer if you want to collaborate on one in Italy https://medium.com/@christopheviau/graphiques-d%C3%A9g%C3%A9n%C3%A9r%C3%A9s-an-exhibition-of-datavis-failures-5bcb7f3bc705
Hi @chrisv! I knew about the exhibition, it was a great idea! I’d love to hear more and to get in touch and since you’ll be in Milano quite soon it will be easier than expected! You will be more than welcome here at the Accurat offices if you’d like to come visit us and drink a coffee! does it work?