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.