Weeknotes 18 - Typography of politics
- I had a really good week at work. I learned a lot about electricity and gas meters. If you search for pictures of meters you might find a photo of one where each digit is represented using a small dial, and every other dial goes in the opposite direction. Presumably just to make reading the meter a bit more interesting.
- Two good examples of telling stories with data I found this week. One: Looking at 19 years worth of Vogue covers to map how the magazine represents people with different skin tones. Two: explaining where bias in machine learning models comes from, and how different approaches to reducing bias work.
- Maciej Ceglowski gave testimony to the US senate at their hearing on Privacy Rights and Data Collection in a Digital Economy. It’s long but worth a read. Brings up a good point that harms which come from the loss of privacy are largely collective, but the day to day decisions about consent are mostly individual.
- My partner jokes that I will read any book titled Politics of Gender, Design of Politics, or any combination of a few keywords that make up a similar title. Anyway, here’s an article I think of as Typography of Politics.
- Seeing photos of São Paulo after the ban on outdoor advertising reminded me of Poland back when I was little. In the early years of capitalism the buildings and road sides were plain. There was something very cosy about that.