Constructing a Data Visualization Toolkit
Data visualization is a phrase I heard a lot last year. From workshops at the library, to discussions in the GHD lounge on whether to use Tableau or Excel for assignments to recommendations from visiting development practitioners the term data visualization was everywhere. As the novel coronavirus pandemic made it clear that traveling overseas for the summer was not possible, I decided to gain a new skill this summer. This summer I interned for FHI360 as a part of the communications team at the Design Lab. Working with graphic designers, data analysts, and communications experts, I researched and wrote a data visualization toolkit of best practices. I also acquired considerable data design experience in Excel, Tableau, and Adobe Illustrator. While a non-traditional development internship, this experience allowed me to apply human-centered design principles, gain experience in crafting and pitching a project, expand my portfolio of work, and gain a marketable skill.