When it comes to processing information, I am more inclined to focus more on a visual interpretation of data opposed to long-winded textual presentations of the same information. Being visualizations of information, there are a vast amount of forms that the data can be shown including, but not limited to, graphs, maps, and timelines.
In class, we saw an animation of little dots in representation of the different slave trade ships. For the two minutes it was running, there were different patterns pointed out that I may not have clearly grasped otherwise such as connecting the traffic and location of the ships in relation to time period. This same animation also offered more information about the specifics of the ships like country of origin and slave count. I definitely thought this was a stroke of genius from the creators of this project. If I ever decide to do an assignment on slave trade, I know where I will be going as a starting place.
I prefer to use data visualizations as starting points for any project because it tends to showcase information in compact manner and gives context for further research. In reading text-based content, it becomes easy to lose focus and skim through information unless you really sit down and take your time to process the information. It’s reasons like this that I find data visualizations so useful.