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Panel discussion at the British Library: ‘Visualisation: Is ugly the new smart?’

March 2014 

Design Science's Anne Odling-Smee joined a panel discussion called Digital Conversations: A digital curator team evening talk series. The event aligned with the exhibition Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight at the British Library. The exhibition will examine the place of beauty within conveying complex information.

The talk was chaired by Dr Stephen Webster (Director of the Science Communication Group, Imperial College London) and other panel members included Professor Clive Cazeaux (Professor of Aesthetics, Cardiff School of Art and Design) and Toby Sturt (Head of Creative, Guardian Digital Agency).

Panelists, left to right: Stephen Webster (Chair), Anne Odling-Smee, Toby Sturt, Clive Cazeaux
Anne Odling-Smee critisises data visualisations that prioritise appearance over effective communication of content