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Visualizing Thick Data wins support from Knight Prototype Fund

The Knight Prototype Fund helps media makers, technologists and tinkerers take ideas from concept to demo. With grants of $35,000, innovators are given six months to research, test core assumptions and iterate before building out an entire project. A prototype created at IIT Institute of Design is one of 22 projects to win Knight Foundation SupportChicagoInno recently picked up the story as well noting that three of the Knight Prototype Fund recipients are based in Chicago.

Visualizing Thick Data, also known as Nineteen, was created collaboratively by professor Kim Erwin and Ted Pollari (MDes + MBA, 2012) in 2011 as part of a Communication Design Workshop taught by Kim and Matt Mayfield. Over 15 weeks, students explored interactive design issues and approaches to computer program design through active prototyping and application development. These explorations focused on interactive programs that transform data (versus animating data). Kim's focus on user research analysis, sharing platforms, and rethinking the presentation of search returns using visual language pushed the direction of the application.

Nineteen helps researchers and others visualize qualitative data through an easy-to-use, web-based application designed for fast, efficient data exploration. It is a simple application designed to help qualitative researchers visualize their data without being programmers or subscribing to expensive analysis software. The project seeks to advance the existing software prototype to the next level of usability. Notably, to address requests from users that enable Nineteen support collaboration and communication of data.

Researchers have already begun to use Nineteen and we look forward to seeing how the Knight Prototype Fund helps further develop the tool.

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