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Yarning about data visualisation: Quinn Dombrowski – S2.1

This time my guest is the intriguing Quinn Dombrowski, whom I have been keeping an eye on via social media for ages due to their Textile Makerspace project and general all-round niceness and humanity. We had a fascinating chat about some non-traditional approaches to data visualisation. You can even study data visualization with Quinn at Stanford, the course content sounds fascinating:

“How does something become “data”, and how can we understand our data better through visualization and physicalization? This 1-credit course will explore data creation and methods for representing that data using textiles, which have a long history as a medium for capturing data. Students will get hands-on experience with different tools at the Textile Makerspace (sewing, knitting, embroidery, spinning, weaving) and create a data physicalization final project that uses skills developed during the class.”

DLCL 203: Data Visualization With Textiles
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About Quinn:

Quinn Dombrowski (non-binary, any pronouns are fine) is the Academic Technology Specialist in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and in the Library, at Stanford University. Prior to coming to Stanford in 2018, Quinn’s many DH adventures included supporting the high-performance computing cluster at UC Berkeley, running the DiRT tool directory with support from the Mellon Foundation, writing books on Drupal for Humanists and University of Chicago library graffiti, and working on the program staff of Project Bamboo, a failed digital humanities cyberinfrastructure initiative.  Quinn has a BA/MA in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Chicago, and an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since coming to Stanford, Quinn has supported numerous non-English DH projects, taught courses on non-English DH, started a Textile Makerspace, developed a tabletop roleplaying game to teach DH project management, explored trends in multilingual Harry Potter fanfic, and started the Data-Sitters Club, a feminist DH pedagogy and research group focused on Ann M. Martin’s 90’s girls series “The Baby-Sitters Club”. Quinn is currently co-VP of the Association for Computers and the Humanities along with Roopika Risam, and advocates for better support for DH in languages other than English.”