colleagues. It was a great experience, helping me to formalize a lot of lived experience. Plus, it was a lot of fun! I’m sharing that document here in the hopes that this will help at least one person think about data in a new way.
I work for University of Iowa Healthcare (all opinions always my own), and I love that I get to work with all sorts of departments from across the institution. Generally, my work is focused on operational analysis. I enjoy this, as it’s a strong suit of mine, but it does mean that I rarely have opportunities to map data.
Like anywhere, the place I work has good parts and bad parts. Generally, the good far outweighs the bad. I love my job, and wouldn’t get my medical care anywhere else in the area! And yet, I’ve never been a fan of our color scheme…
Years ago, my dad (who’s a professor of industrial design) told me his theory of “ten edits.” He told me that if you really want to make something great, you should go through at least ten iterations. The first few edits are generally preliminary, just getting your ideas out there and having fun. When you get to edit 7 or 8, you’ll often think you’ve got something pretty hot, but don’t stop yet! If you go through the full ten iterations, you’ll come to something even better.
Like many people, I have different parts of my life that don’t generally intersect. I always enjoy it when they do, however. So far, I’ve blogged about the data analysis & visualization part of my life. Another big part of my life is music. Being both a musician and a data vizzer, I’ve often thought about ways to visualize music.