Embodied Data: A Reading List

Because of my research into embodied data, I have been hoarding readings on physical data visualizations. In the interests of making it more shareable I will also maintain it here! I am always looking for more materials, so if you know of something I am missing (or if you wrote something I should be aware of) please reach out. I would love to read it.

While I am grouping this under the term ’embodied data’ it also covers:

  • Physical data visualiztions
  • Crafted data visualizations
  • Data materialization


I hope to continue to add to this and I will note here when the most recent update was made.

9/30 – Updated a few broken/changed links!
10/13 – Added Borsi, Varga, and Korompai 2022
11/18 – Added Meech 2022


Berger, Claudia. “‘Embodied Data Visualizations’ at DH Unbound 2022.” Claudia Berger (blog), May 31, 2022. https://claudiaeberger.com/2022/05/31/embodied-data-visualizations-at-dh-unbound-2022/.

bettinanissen. “Crypto-Knitting Circles.” Data Things (blog), June 4, 2020. http://data-things.com/crypto-knitting-circles/.

Borsi, Júlia, Tamás Varga, and István Korompai. “What’s a ‘Handmade Data Object’ Anyway?” Nightingale, October 13, 2022. https://nightingaledvs.com/whats-a-handmade-data-object-anyway/.

Bravo, Liz. “Data and Technique: Reflections on Visualizing by Hand, Nightingale.” Nightingale (blog), October 20, 2021. https://nightingaledvs.com/data-and-technique-reflections-on-visualizing-by-hand/.

Briney, Kristin. “Crafting a COVID Visualization: How I Processed Pandemic Anxiety and Grief with Yarn, Nightingale.” Nightingale, January 11, 2022. https://nightingaledvs.com/crafting-a-covid-visualization/.

Cleghorn, Ripley. “Why You Should Close the Computer for Your Next Data Visualization.” Nightingale (blog), October 2, 2019. https://medium.com/nightingale/why-you-should-close-the-computer-for-your-next-data-visualization-3636663d0b35.

Cunliffe, Jordan. Record, Map and Capture in Textile Art: Data Visualization in Cloth and Stitch. 1st edition. Batsford, 2022.

giorgialupi. “Data Humanism.” Accessed February 23, 2022. http://giorgialupi.com/data-humanism-my-manifesto-for-a-new-data-wold.

Dix, Alan, and Layda Gongora. “Externalisation and Design.” In Procedings of the Second Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Design – DESIRE ’11, 31. Eindhoven, Netherlands: ACM Press, 2011. https://doi.org/10.1145/2079216.2079220.

Ferrara, Silvia. “How The Inca Used Knots To Tell Stories.” Literary  Hub (blog), March 8, 2022. https://lithub.com/how-the-inca-used-knots-to-tell-stories/.

Gibney, Danièle. “Crossing into Datavis.” Nightingale, January 5, 2022. https://nightingaledvs.com/crossing-into-datavis/.

Gollihue, Krystin, and Mai Nou Xiong-Gum. “Dataweaving: Textiles as Data Materialization.” 25.1, August 15, 2020. https://kairos.technorhetoric.net/25.1/disputatio/gollihue-xiong-gum/index.html.

Haas, Angela M. “Wampum as Hypertext: An American Indian Intellectual Tradition of Multimedia Theory and Practice.” Studies in American Indian Literatures 19, no. 4 (2008): 77–100. https://doi.org/10.1353/ail.2008.0005.

Houser, Heather. “Infowhelm: When Eco-Data Becomes Eco-Art – ASLE.” Accessed May 5, 2022. https://www.asle.org/features/infowhelm-when-eco-data-becomes-eco-art/.

Johnson, India. “The Soul of Data: Data Physicalizations on Fabric, Nightingale.” Nightingale (blog), March 8, 2022. https://nightingaledvs.com/the-soul-of-data-data-physicalizations-on-fabric/.

Kardos, Ann. Unseen Labor. University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries, 2022. https://doi.org/10.7275/qg36-rn69.

Knight, Kim Brillante. “Danger, Jane Roe! Material Data Visualization as Feminist Praxis.” In Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities. Debates in the Digital Humanities. Minneapolis, MN: U of Minnesota Press, 2018. https://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/read/untitled-4e08b137-aec5-49a4-83c0-38258425f145/section/7b65b317-f23a-4f6a-a04a-70f266af7c4e#ch01.

———. “Fashioning Circuits | Labs & Studios.” ATEC at UT Dallas (blog). Accessed January 11, 2022. https://atec.utdallas.edu/content/fashioning-circuits/.

List of Physical Visualizations and Related Artifacts. Accessed September 26, 2022. http://dataphys.org/list/ .

Lupi, Giorgia. “Drawing and Data Visualizations: A Tool To Allow Connections To Be Made.” Tableau Public, November 26, 2014. https://public.tableau.com/en-us/s/blog/2014/11/drawing-and-data-visualizations-tool-allow-connections-be-made.

Lupi, Giorgia, Stefanie Posavec, and Maria Popova. Dear Data. Illustrated edition. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2016.

Meech, Sam. “Fabrications: Using Knitted Artworks to Challenge Developers’ Narratives of Regeneration and Recognise Manchester’s South Asian Working Class Textiles Businesses.” TEXTILE, October 11, 2022, 1–22. https://doi.org/10.1080/14759756.2022.2099628.

Monteiro, Stephen. The Fabric of Interface: Mobile Media, Design, and Gender. Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press, 2017.

Nithya Subramanian. “I’ve Been Working on an Embroidered Data Visualisation of the Plastic Waste That Washes up on Beaches around the World. Those Gray Kantha Stitches? Each One Is a Cigarette Butt Found along 10 Km of Beach in Germany. #WIP #dataviz Https://T.Co/Zayo7n3UCl.” Tweet. @nithya_sub (blog), June 16, 2021. https://twitter.com/nithya_sub/status/1405003457115820034.

Rajko, Jessica J., Jacqueline Wernimont, and Stjepan Rajko. “The Living Net: A Haptic Experience of Personal Data.” In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 449–52. Denver Colorado USA: ACM, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1145/3027063.3050432.

Roizman, Violeta. “Sweeping Untufted Charts Under the Rug.” Data Science by Design, June 8, 2022. http://datasciencebydesign.org/blog/sweeping-untufted-charts-under-the-rug.

Smith, Nancy. “Data Quilts.” some quiet future, 2022. http://somequietfuture.com/data-quilts/.

Stark, Luke. “Come on Feel the Data (and Smell It).” The Atlantic, May 19, 2014. https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/05/data-visceralization/370899/.

“The Future of Data Science Includes Slow Data Science – Data Science by Design.” Accessed September 20, 2022. https://datasciencebydesign.org/blog/the-future-of-data-science-includes-slow-data-science.

Vande Moere, Andrew, and Stephanie Patel. “The Physical Visualization of Information: Designing Data Sculptures in an Educational Context.” In Visual Information Communication, edited by Mao Lin Huang, Quang Vinh Nguyen, and Kang Zhang, 1–23. Boston, MA: Springer US, 2009. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0312-9_1.

Webber-Bey, Deimosa. “Runaway Quilt Project: Digital Humanities Exploration of Quilting During the Era of Slavery.” The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, no. 6 (November 30, 2014). https://jitp.commons.gc.cuny.edu/runaway-quilt-project-digital-humanities-exploration-of-quilting-during-the-era-of-slavery/.

Wernimont, Jacqueline, and Elizabeth M Losh. “Wear and Care Feminisms at a Long Maker Table,” n.d., 12.

Williams, Dee. “How, and Why, We Sketch When Visualizing Data.” Nightingale (blog), June 5, 2021. https://medium.com/nightingale/how-and-why-we-sketch-when-visualizing-data-d843e0ce8c74.

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