Being Frank on the Computer
There is very little quality assurance behind what goes in here, so keep that in mind. You can expect a mix of ranting and praise for things at the intersection of accessibility and data work, sometimes with other topics thrown in (aesthetics, epistemology, games, media, etc). I do plenty of navel-gazing, especially as it relates to research in Human-Computer Interaction. If you’re into these sorts of things, welcome to my blog.
If you’re curious about my shorter-form thoughts, follow me on my twitter account @FrankElavsky, where I am regularly harping just the same as here but in slightly-smaller doses.
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I was assigned to build a little prototype and test it with users for a class. I chose to investigate what it might be like to facilitate a body-doubling productivity session between two strangers. But both of them looked like silly animals.
People do PhDs for all sorts of reasons. But I've come to realize that one of mine has been that I've been trying to prove something to myself. I'm sure that I'm not alone.
In this short reflection, I explore a rather unorthodox answer to "what is a prototype?" that involves rhetoric, reflexivity, and a touch of theology.
I'm happy to announce my latest project, Data Navigator! Making interactive data visualizations work with assistive technologies that navigate content is complex and difficult work. Data Navigator aims to make this easier.
Are radical projects possible in academia outside of those moments when the stars align?
What books should I read to learn data visualization? Where do I learn current trends and best practices?
Frank Elavsky's review of Alberto Cairo's forthcoming book, The Art of Insight.
Announcing Chartability v2 and our paper on the project, for GAAD 2022.
The scale of inaccessibility is enormous and things aren't looking too good.
Good Twitter Threads I’ve Written
A self-sommelier of sorts, selecting my favorite threads. (I love that Crystal Lee did this on her blog, so I am following suit!)