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…