Welcome to the eventual home of Data by Design: An Interactive History of Data Visualization. This project will offer a new history of data visualization from the eighteenth century to the present. Through a set of six interactive case studies, Data By Design will show how visualizations of data, like the data themselves, are never neutral informational forms. Rather, they always carry a set of implicit assumptions—and, at times, explicit arguments—about how knowledge is produced, and who is authorized to produce it.

Data by Design will be released in Fall 2021. Until then, you may want to check out our research blog, where we post updates on the site’s features as we develop them. You may also want to learn more about our project team. For additional questions, please contact the project director, Lauren Klein.

Wireframe for the Data by Design landing page. Design by Qing Tian.

Data by Design has been generously funded by a 2018-2019 NEH-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publication. Data by Design is a project of the Georgia Tech Digital Humanities Lab.