Mood Boards and Book Form

In my presentation I talked about Giogia Lupi, Stefanie Posavec, and Mona Chalabi as my data visualization inspirations. This past weekend, I wanted to visually look beyond them as a way to further my visual language exploration. I knew what I liked and disliked about each of the three female artists:

  • Chalabi’s use of collage and materials

  • Lupi’s patters

  • Posavec’s simplistic shapes

  • All three’s use of handwriting and bright colors

I know I do not have the same large amount of text content as my classmates. This gives me the freedom to look at accordion, gable, and other fold out book forms that are not as capable with longer books. These forms that extend the page and encourage viewer engagement also support the function of my data visualization book.


Mona Chalabi

Giogia Lupi


Stefanie Posavec

Early mood boards for data visualization visual language and methods

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Organization options based on outline sections


I will be moving forward with a gabled book design for the time being. this could possibly change to an accordion or fold out book, or even posters with a book.

First Two Weeks of School


During the first two days back from break, everyone in our capstone class gave a presentation about the research they had completed to date and their intended next steps. What I took away from my presentation was that I should pair each data visualization with an essay or article about the bigger issue that the image was attempting to address.

The feedback from my presentation also made me realize that the pervasive issues I was already considering all had to do with perceptions. This realization guided me towards my elevator pitch, or essentially a thesis for my project:

This book will use data visualizations of high school speech and debate to draw attention to a range of societal perceptions such as race, gender, or appearance. the pairing of the data visualizations with essays about These systematic issues will demonstrate how these perceptions are as pervasive on a micro high school level as they are on a macro day-to-day level.

Besides the elevator pitch/thesis statement, I wrote a first draft of a creative brief and content outline. I will use this outline to progress through the next stages of written and visual content.

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TRANSCRIBED Notes from the presentation

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A few slides from my presentation on the first day back from Winter Break

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Content outline and creative brief first drafts

Winter Break


12.20.2018 - 1.13.2019

Over winter break I began research and data scraping. I was struggling with how to not make a yay-high-school-Speech-and-Debate. I used the National Speech and Debate Association website (NSDA) for videos of the nationals finals and semifinal rounds. This will be my main source of data. I discovered many other resources on the NSDA site such as a full list of famous alumni, quotes, letters, and other content.

I set up my research organization and other notes. I tried to stay in my sketchbook as much as possible because I often struggle to return to my sketchbook once I get digital.

I used Observe, Collect, Draw by Giogia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec like a textbook to study their methods of data visualization creation.

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