Inspiration and background

 â€œWe are ready to question the impersonality of a merely technical approach to data and to begin designing ways to connect numbers to what they really stand for: knowledge, behaviours, people.”

~ Giorgia Lupi

We believe data should be accessible and empowering for everybody. Data can be a powerful tool for people, enabling them to enrich their lives, broaden their view on society and learn from each other.The quote from Giorgia Lupi you see above, was one of our main inspiration sources. You can read her whole manifesto here.

We are very much inspired by the work of our collaborating partner Kontinentalist, a design studio that creates data stories from a Asian perspective. Their approach is to gap misconceptions about Asia by representing cultural experiences with data visualisation. Have a look at their work and a talk they gave about their way of working during Outliers Conference last year.

Another community we feel close to is the Data Visualisation Society, a worldwide organisation that strives for representation of all cultures and people in data visualisation and fosters an inclusive, diverse and international society. They host an excellent blog on data vis, called Nightingale.