Data Visualization: On and Off the Screen

It’s easy to consider digital rhetoric and writing in terms of always-advancing computer technologies. This isn’t inaccurate, and keeping our fingers on the pulse regarding the rhetorical affordances of new software makes for innovative digital writing, research, and pedagogy. At the same time, however, it’s helpful to remember that digital rhetoric is more than what’s … Read more

Accessible Data Visualizations

Are you reading this blog post from computer screen or an screen reader? Did you need to adjust the font or text size, screen brightness, or filter the interface through a browser extension or rely on an app like Accessibility to access this information? In her entry on “Access” in Keywords for Disability Studies, Bess Williamson … Read more

Workshop Recap: Overdubbing Audio

The DWRL’s new recording room saw its first action in the Overdubbing Audio Workshop held this past Friday. Will Burdette was at the helm, and he began by instructing participants on both audio recording equipment and strategies, with particular focus on recording in studio environments. He then provided those present the opportunity to record in … Read more

Visualizing Data with Google Maps

A picture of a map of an unidentified space with a large red pin marker stuck in the center of the map's area.

Visualization: Sierra Mendez. Text: Amy Tuttle. It’s hard to believe that at one time, map ownership was a privilege reserved for the wealthiest members of a society. But thanks to modern surveying techniques and satellite systems, highly precise maps are widely available on the internet. As a result of this ubiquity, maps have become absolutely … Read more

Cool Tools: Tableau

Tableau map made by the author with the title Does Rising Tuition Influence the Degrees Students Seek?
An example of a Tableau map by the author; the title at the top reads "Does Rising Tuition Influence the Degrees Students Seek?" On the right, there is a color chart indicating that the more yellow the color, the fewer the number of students per capita and the more red the color, the higher the number of students per capita. The top half of the image shows a map of the United States, each state in varying shades of red and yellow, depending on the number of enrolled undergraduate students. The bottom is a bar graph with, on the left side, the number of associate's degrees per state and, on the right, the relative expense of tuition in each state.
I explored the relationship between tuition costs and degree selection using Tableau. Full-resolution version here.

Last Friday, the DWRL hosted another workshop in preparation for the digitally accessible map we plan to create for our diverse student body. In conjunction with a discussion of collecting and analyzing data, Amy Tuttle provided an excellent lesson on Tableau, an online service that allows users to re-present data in creative ways, like this visualization of the relationship between the numbers of students enrolled and doctoral degrees earned by Reinhard Mueller, one of our staff members.

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Affectively Interactive

A silver keyboard with the image of a red treble clef on top of it.

One of my favorite data visualizations concerns the Beatles. Created by Adam McCann from Dueling Data, the graphic, amongst other things, lets the user hover their computer cursor over illustrations of band members to see how many hit songs those members have written and when. I find the visualization memorable, no doubt, because I find … Read more

Adobe Creatives: What’s the Difference?

We are interrupting our usual broadcast of highly-fluent research narratives and pedagogical concerns to address an issue of practical import. Many curriculums now require a segment on visual literacy and infographic assessment (understandably, with the daily assault of information-rich images on web and other media sources), but this is quite a challenge for instructors who … Read more

#TBT: Multimediating

Black and white picture of a little girl wearing big headphones, looking like she's screaming.

In today’s #TBT post, we showcase an episode of the DWRL’s rhet/tech podcast Zeugma. “Multimediating” considers the productive forms of risk and failure that come with introducing audio assignments into university writing courses. In the episode, Dr. Rita Raley, Associate Professor of English at the University of California-Santa Barbara, talks to our staff about tactical … Read more