Faculty Talk: Isabel Meirelles- The Visualizing Spirit


As the recipient of the 2015/16 OCAD University Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity, Isabel Meirelles will be giving a talk about her research entitled The Visualizing Spirit

 
DateThursday, September 21, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Cost

Free, Coffee and light snacks with be served

Location

Room 420, 205 Richmond St. W

Abstract:

The second half of the eighteenth century saw most disciplines in the sciences and the humanities share a “quantifying spirit” characterized by the systematization of knowledge as well as a preoccupation with measuring all types of phenomena. This is not much different from our current obsession with collecting, quantifying and analyzing all types of data. A “visualizing spirit”, however, better describes the present passion and widespread use of visual-spatial techniques in the already quantified sciences, humanities and the arts. This talk will examine the antecedents and significance of our present “visualizing spirit” and will focus on recent visualization trends, their roles, affordances and limitations in helping us explore, extract and interpret information.

Bio:

Isabel Meirelles is a designer and educator whose intellectual curiosity lies in the relationships between visual thinking and visual representation. She is a Professor in the Faculty of Design and a principal investigator in the Visual Analytics Lab at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada. In addition to collaborating with scientists and humanists in the development of visualization systems, Isabel’s research focuses on the examination of how information is structured and communicated in different media. She is the author of “Design for Information: An introduction to the histories, theories, and best practices behind effective information visualizations” (Rockport, 2013).



Abstract:  The second half of the eighteenth century saw most disciplines in the sciences and the humanities share a “quantifyin
DateThursday, September 21, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Cost

Free, Coffee and light snacks with be served

Website Location

Room 420, 205 Richmond St. W

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Abstract:

The second half of the eighteenth century saw most disciplines in the sciences and the humanities share a “quantifying spirit” characterized by the systematization of knowledge as well as a preoccupation with measuring all types of phenomena. This is not much different from our current obsession with collecting, quantifying and analyzing all types of data. A “visualizing spirit”, however, better describes the present passion and widespread use of visual-spatial techniques in the already quantified sciences, humanities and the arts. This talk will examine the antecedents and significance of our present “visualizing spirit” and will focus on recent visualization trends, their roles, affordances and limitations in helping us explore, extract and interpret information.

Bio:

Isabel Meirelles is a designer and educator whose intellectual curiosity lies in the relationships between visual thinking and visual representation. She is a Professor in the Faculty of Design and a principal investigator in the Visual Analytics Lab at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada. In addition to collaborating with scientists and humanists in the development of visualization systems, Isabel’s research focuses on the examination of how information is structured and communicated in different media. She is the author of “Design for Information: An introduction to the histories, theories, and best practices behind effective information visualizations” (Rockport, 2013).

Venue & Address: 
Room 420, 205 Richmond St. W
Cost: 
Free, Coffee and light snacks with be served
Abstract:  The second half of the eighteenth century saw most disciplines in the sciences and the humanities share a “quantifyin
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