Data Walking

Cities are full of data. It’s not about numbers that can be found in archives or on municipality websites. Anything you see in the neighbourhood or streets is or can be data. The number of parking spaces, the amount of green areas in the neighbourhood, the street lights, and even the people who walk around and what they do. All of this is data!

Due to it’s three years celebration, Graphic Hunters will examine data in the city! Based on a central theme, you will (within a small team) investigate, collect, analyse and visualise data in the city.

Under the guidance of David Hunter (designer, programmer and lecturer) we will take two walks. One walk in the afternoon / evening and one the next morning. This way we can compare the results and visualise them.

Course Description

You will work together in a small team with (if possible) varied backgrounds. You will walk the area (street or neighbourhood) through the eyes of a data anthropologist. And you will try to collect useful data about the central theme during the walk. Data collection will take place through notes (pen and paper), pictures (mobile phones) and digital counting (via app or sensors/arduino’s). After the two walks you will examine the data and how to visualise it. You have freedom in choosing the shape and (if possible) also the material (everything other then paper).

David Hunter will support the teams intensely during the training. He will give them tips and feedback. He will also give short workshops to feed them with information and guide them through the process.

In this training you will learn to get acquainted with a theme quite quickly. And you learn to come up with different angles to find data. You will also collect the data yourself, analyse it and create a visualisation.


Thursday, March 22 2018

13.00 start at a meeting point to get to know the area a bit
13.30 gathering at the training venue
13.30 – 15.00 introduction of the project, workshop, testing equipment
15.00 – 16.15 team meeting
16.15 – 17.15 data walk 1
17.15 – 18.00 evaluation

Friday, March 23 2018

09.30 – 11.00 recap day 1, team meeting, workshop
11.00 – 12.00 data walk 2
12.00 – 13.00 lunch
13.00 – 16.00 workshop, analysing and visualising data
16.00 – 17.00 presentation of the results and wrap-up


David Hunter is a multidisciplinary designer and programmer creating interactive experiences for spaces and screens, and using data-driven computational design processes. David is a senior lecturer at Ravensbourne’s Graphic Design BA since 2014. Prior to that he was a freelance designer. He started the Data Walking project in 2015 with the aim of collecting and visualising environmental data to show changes over time.


The cost for the training is € 279, excluding VAT and including coffee, tea and lunch (second day).

Target audience

Anyone who wants to learn more about (data)visualisations and how to present it in an effective and creative way. The training is interesting for communication specialists, visual designers, editors, researchers, marketeers and journalists.

Practical information

22 March (1.00 – 6.00pm) and 23 March (09.30am-4.30pm)
The training will be given in English.
The training will take place at UCO in Utrecht.

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