Data-Driven Design in the Era of Pinterest

When I first started designing products with Umbra in the 80s, our tools were strictly analog; most of our inspiration came from a small number of European magazines that focused on high-end designer products. We would comb through pages of these magazines, tearing out relevant images and – quite literally – pinning them to a…

Q&A with Catherine D’Ignazio

MISC spoke with Catherine D’Ignazio, Assistant Professor of Data Visualization and Civic Media at Emerson College, about the possibilities for feminist data visualization; the power, pleasure, and limitations of visual data; data literacy; industries of accountability; and the future of inclusivity. Last year, you wrote an article called “What would feminist data visualization look like?”…

Are You Being Controlled?

The way commercial and governing bodies handle individual privacy is heading towards a crisis point. Idea Couture foresight strategist, Maria Jeansson, with Pernilla Jonsson, Ph.D in Consumer Research and Marketing, discuss how we might begin to address it. Over the past decade, new contenders have monetized individuals’ data in exchange for products and services. The…

Love Is a Decision: Here’s How Data Can Help

Should you wish to take the plunge, choosing your life partner is the most important decision you will ever make. The magnitude of this decision becomes apparent in many moments throughout the relationship. It begins with the hour you share at dinner, amplified with the two days during a weekend getaway, peaking with the eighteen years spent raising your child. Despite this tremendously important choice, people tend to ignore conventional wisdom when…