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New Art-Inspired Approaches in DataViz

Lessons from "I am a Book. I am a Portal to the Universe"

stefanie posavec & miriam quick

Authors, “I am a book. I am a portal to the universe.”

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New Art-Inspired Approaches in DataViz

stefanie posavec & miriam quick

Authors, “I am a book. I am a portal to the universe.”

New Art-Inspired Approaches in Data Visualisation

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Miriam Quick is a data journalist and researcher and Stefanie Posavec is a designer and artist. They have spent much of their shared practice exploring how to move data visualisation ‘beyond the bar chart’ and extending what is possible in the realm of presenting and experiencing data.

Alongside previous projects they will talk about their new all-ages book, I am a book. I am a portal to the universe. (Particular Books / Penguin UK), which continues their shared practice of making data physical, participatory and experiential, discussing how they believe ‘post-infographic’ explorations are a powerful approach to reaching the data-uninitiated or data-intimidated. Using their book as a starting point,

Miriam and Stefanie will share the creative processes and strategies they use to come up with new and innovative ways of presenting data in the hopes it will inspire all DataViz practitioners regardless of background to experiment, innovate, and push themselves one (small) step further when working with DataViz.

Join Miriam and Stefanie at DataVizLive on 10 November, and get the chance to ask questions and learn more about how contemporary art is influencing Data Visualisation, and pushing us beyond conventional charts.

Exploring how Art is Inspiring new Approaches in Data Visualisation

stefanie posavec & Miriam Quick, authors of "i am a book. i am a portal to the universe"


More than ever, effective DataViz needs to reach and engage broad audiences, and continually evolve and update beyond conventional chart types to take advantage of the new potential in multi-sensory (VR, AR, and more) and physical data opportunities


  • How to think beyond traditional chart types
  • How to brainstorm new approaches to encoding and communicating data
  • How to use your project constraints to your advantage


  • Understand the potential found in data visualisation’s broad spectrum, from dashboard to data art
  • Cultivate a mindset of always taking your chart one step further (even if it’s just a small step)!
  • Feel confident when experimenting with new approaches to DataViz

TYPE: Presentation

LENGTH: 30min

SCOPE: Tactical, Operational

AUDIENCE: Design / Information design, Journalism, Science communication


EXPERTISE: Universal

TAGS: Aesthetics, Data Journalism, Information Design, Mass Communication, Storytelling

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stefanie posavec

Information Designer, Artist, and Author

london (Uk)

Stefanie Posavec is a designer, artist, and author whose practice focuses on finding new and experimental approaches for the communication of data and information.

These projects range from being physical, danceable, wearable, experiential, and often use a human-scaled, hand-crafted approach. Her work has been exhibited internationally at major galleries including the V&A, the Design Museum, Somerset House, and the Wellcome Collection (London), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), and MoMA (New York).

She was Facebook’s first data-artist-in-residence at their Menlo Park campus, and recent art residencies include the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London. Her work is also in the permanent collection of MoMA, New York.

Her new book with Miriam Quick (I am a book. I am a portal to the universe.) is out now. She has also co-authored two books that emphasise a more handmade, personal approach to data: Dear Data and the journal Observe, Collect, Draw!

miriam quick

Data Journalist and Researcher

Totnes (Uk)

Miriam Quick is a UK-based journalist who explores novel ways of communicating data using words, images, sculpture and sound. After completing a PhD in Music at King’s College London, she began writing data stories and working as a researcher for publications including the BBC, the New York Times and Information is Beautiful. She has co-created many data artworks, which have been exhibited at the Wellcome Collection, National Maritime Museum, Southbank Centre and Royal College of Physicians (London) and internationally. Oddityviz, her award-winning project with designer Valentina D’Efilippo, visualises David Bowie’s song Space Oddity on 12-inch records. I am a book. I am a portal to the universe., co-authored with Stefanie Posavec, is her first book.

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