Decrypting and Demystifying Data

Week 11 — Understanding Data

The Business of Understanding by Wurman

Wurman’s LATCH Theory

Analysing Data Sets

The What, Why and How of Meditation, source — Information is Beautiful
A quick look at the relationships

Visualization Components by Nathan Yau

The ingredients of visualization can be broken down into four components visual cues, coordinate system, scale and context.

The Four Ingredients of Visualization
Visual Cues and Coordinate System
Scale and Context

Interactive Sensory Patterns by Stacie Rohrbach

Design strategies to facilitate learning are
- Pattern and Detection
- Representation using visual, temporal and aural channels
- Interaction and Experience

Key Takeaways from the Readings

Sifting Through Fine Data

The task at hand was to go through the data sets we received and establish links and connections between the parameters and entities.

Establishing Relationships

Week 12 and 13 — Weaving a Data Tale

Planning the Data Tale using Techniques and Strategies Based on the Readings
Initial Brainstorming
Inspiration Images — Ways to represent shapes and colour, source —

Week 14 — Finding my Feet In the Delusion of Data

The task for the mid-project review was to assign the coordinate system, decide on the scales & ranges and decode the pathway and structures.

The Big Data Questions
Data — Sorted and Filtered
  1. The techniques dedicated to the breath as the object of concentration is most commonly used. The exercises involve the breath originating from the lower torso, be it the abdomen or the spine as part of inhalation and moving on to the nasal cavity in order to exhale only to repeat this cyclic process. The abdomen in the human body occupies pride of a place as the point of initiation of practice in most meditational exercises. The breath plays a vital role in describing techniques that originate from Yoga and promote physical well being
  2. Another noteworthy relationship that emerges from this dataset is the nature of the techniques by virtue of their origins. Buddhism adheres to the values of compassion, wisdom, kindness and patience and these are portrayed in the techniques such as Mindfulness, Attending, Loving Kindness for Self, Loving Kindness for Others, Silent Gratitude, Zen, Analytical and Walking where there is reverence and adherence to introspection on a person’s thoughts, words, deeds and actions. Yoga, on the other hand, aims to establish wellbeing through the medium of asanas or postures with breath as the guiding principle. A clear contrast in the intent of these exercises is seen
  3. Most Buddhist exercises of meditation are slightly more rigorous as they involve the mind and the heart as tools of reflection and thus the time taken to complete these techniques spans over fifteen minutes to forty-five minutes per session
  4. As one explores the filters of the object of concentration, the schools of origin and the duration, there is a vivid and distinct correlation between the intent of the technique, the aid it uses to achieve a specific realm of mindfulness, the ideal propagated by the spiritual school and the time taken to complete the technique. An example of this is illustrated by the technique ‘Silent Gratitude’ that helps a person ruminate on all aspects of life that fills them with gratitude. This technique is patronized by Buddhism that revolves around the values of kindness and thankfulness and leverages the heart as the object of concentration to banish all the negative thoughts that might creep in and focus solely on the core purpose at hand. This practice takes about fifteen minutes of focused and impactful meditation
  5. This dataset has a slightly ambiguous way of defining a specific category ‘Many’ and ‘Unknown’ under the schools of origin. Through the course of crafting my data visualisation, the assumption made about the category ‘many’ is that it encompasses not just all the listed schools of origin namely Buddhism, Yoga, Taoism and Sufism but many more and is represented as a unique category
  6. Meditation benefits the Physical realm of wellbeing the most, followed by the cognitive, emotional and social
  7. The social realm of well being is a subset of the emotional realm of well being. Thus if meditation boosts and nurtures one emotionally, it also improves a person’s social skills
  8. The benefits based on the strength of science outlines that most benefits are validated as inconclusive research. Only a few are promising or strong based on their research outcome

Week 15 — Painting a Picture with the Data

Post the mid-project review, I started creating bits and pieces of my narrative. I was unsure of how the entire piece would fit in seamlessly and a major consideration was to avoid cognitive load and at the same time help users explore meditation techniques through various channels.

Wireframes to Showcase my Concept
Visual Language of the Final Piece
Snapshots from my Presentation
Final Data Visualization



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Aashrita Indurti

Aashrita Indurti

Interaction and Service Designer | Graduate Student at the School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University