Metaphor too far? The anatomy of a visualisation designer

As I was writing my previous post about my thinking behind ‘The 8 hats of data visualisation design’ I realised that the theme of body parts was emerging strongly.

So here’s an alternative perspective on this matter, throwing away the hats and switching on the Frankenstein lab…

This is the super-hero visualisation designer I want to be.

Cognitive Scientist = the mind, responsible for thinking, understands how the eye and the brain works…

Designer = the eye for design, for visual solutions, for colour

Journalist = the nose for a story, the analytical angle to pursue

Communicator = the mouth and ears, to talk and to listen

Computer Scientist = the hands, the builder

Data Scientist = the back-breaking hard work of data gathering and preparation

Project Manager = the torso, brings the whole thing together

Initiator = the legs, sets things in motion

I’ve taken it too far haven’t I…

1 Comment

DrBazUKJune 27th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

No, I think that the metaphor is quite apt… but the hats has more resonance for me what with De Bono’s 6 Thinking hats – sadly I can’t claim any proficiency with any of the roles but I’m working on it.

Especially liked the slide deck, particularly as a Mr Benn fan :-)