Welcome to project 1!

On the project 1 page you can find find all the details about the first project. What can you do this week:
-Watch the preparation work: lectures for inspiration on the assignments
-Watch the video with Marc where he explains what the first assignments are
-Conduct three interviews
-Team up with your international team to decide which data you’re going to collect
-Visit the online meetings on tuesday or thursday to say hello to teachers Marc and Christian, ask questions or discuss your sketches and ideas

Greetings from Amsterdam: cultural video portraits

The CCDV students in Amsterdam spent their time last week researching the different cultures and nationalities that live in the city. (There are people of 180 different nationalities living in Amsterdam). They made 5 video portraits about 5 different countries: Mexico, Ghana, Romania, Turkey and Canada. They examined how these cultures are represented in Amsterdam by interviewing people. Check it out! We are very curious if you recognise things…


Interview with Bianca Vergara, now living in Amsterdam but born in Mexico. In this interview we got to talk to a fantastic woman who was originally born in Mexico but now lives in Amsterdam. A small introduction to the differences in culture and how she incorporates her Mexican culture in her dutch kids’ daily lives.

Mexico – by Maika and Dennis


Canada – by Floris and Kaj


For the project ‘Greetings from Amsterdam – the cultural video portraits’ we’ve focused on the Ghanaian community that lives here. We’ve conducted desk research and interviewed Wendy – one of the 25,999 Dutch people with a Ghanaian migration background in the Netherlands. We have also made a field trip to the area that is densely populated by the African communities here – Zuidoost. That’s the place where most of the 2295 Ghanians officially registered in Amsterdam live. That resulted in the video shots that we used during the editing of the final version of our cultural video portrait. We were nicely surprised by the richness and vividness of the Ghanaian peoples and their culture. We also reflected on the difficulties in establishing one’s identity and feelings of belonging in the second-generation migrants. We hope that you’ll enjoy and learn some new things while watching our video, just as we had while making it! Greetings from Noa and Aleksandra 🙂

Ghana – by Noa and Aleksandra


We have interviewed Vlad from Romania to see if there is any cultural difference or similarities between Romania and the Netherlands. This is the result. We chose to go with more of a podcast way of making the video. Not too many questions read out loud and tried to make more of a cohesive story of it.

Romania – by Simon and Jeffrey


We interviewed a Turkish man who is living in the Netherlands since two
years. Our concept was a computer virus which kept showing popups. He
talks about his experiences in Amsterdam and the differences of the
Dutch and Turkish culture.

Turkey – by Lisanne and Stijn


Data Walking
If you want to learn more about data visualisation and collection,  you can do some Datawalking. Design teacher David Hunter from London gave a real fun workshop you can watch, and carry out as a Data walk: 

You can find the slides and tools from David’s presentation here:

Datawalking Results

Below you find the results of the Datawalking workshop with David Hunter from Ravensbourne University in London.

Amsterdam // Birds and their sounds – by Noah and Lisanne
Noah and Lisanne went on a walk from school to the local Zoo. They counted the birds sitting and walking. Flying birds were too hard to count. Check out the interactive map they made that includes sound: https://oege.ie.hva.nl/~wennemn/map/ Map is made with Mapbox.

Noah and Lisanne

Amsterdam // Cats and Dogs – by Aleksandra
Aleksandra counted the instances of cats and dogs, including graphical representations (stickers, sings, etc..). She made hand drwaing on the spot that are included in the end result. Map is made with Mapbox.


Amsterdam // Shoe quality – by Jeffrey, Simon and Floris
These visualisation show the quality of shoes, worn by passengers on three different subway lines. The data were captured by walking through the subway car, logging the shoes and the quality of it.

Jeffrey, check the detailed breakdown of the process.

Amsterdam // Advertisements – by Maika and Dennis
Maika and Dennis wanted to show how many adds and prompts they encounter on a daily 10 minute walk to school.

Almelo // Mannequins- by Stijn
Stijn gathered information on the gender and age of mannequins in front of store shop windows. The research led to the conclusion that clothing stores in Almelo are clustered based on gender and that men have more specialized stores (suits) and women more everyday stores. Check out the zoomable map, made with Mapbox.


Please share your Data Walking result with us. We will put it up on the page right here!

Hello everybody!

Welcome to the Cross-Cultural Data Visualization project pages 🙂

This is the link to our MS Teams community, in which we will collaborate during the projects:

Could you please post any visualizations you made in the kick-off week on the Miro board: https://miro.com/app/board/uXjVOPWlBKU=/?invite_link_id=858666978229

No stress
If you didn’t manage to get in contact with other participants in the kick-off week or didn’t get access to the CCDV Team in MS Teams, don’t worry! The official program starts on Monday 28, so we have more time to work out the communication in MS Teams, introduce ourselves and prepare. 

If you did manage to access the CCDV team in MS Teams, could you please introduce yourself in the Introductions Channel?