This semester I decided to take a class titled 'Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization,' which specializes in interpreting and creating infographics to accompany educational projects or articles. The first reading for the class is titled How Charts Lie by Alberto Cairo, and the main idea of the book is explaining how political, public, and general figures either intentionally or unintentionally misread charted graphics for their personal gain. The book's introduction begins with several graphics illustrated from the 2016 Presidential Election, including this controversial image of the Electoral College votes. The key reason for bringing up the election concerned the fact that President Trump and his colleagues tend to falsify the actual results from the election, using misleading charts to convince the American people that they won by a landslide. In reality they actually lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, and only won the election via the electoral college where the states with the higher number of representatives voted in his favor. Cairo further explains throughout the remainder of the introduction into the first chapter how it's immensely important that people in such a technical world have a clear sense of graphicacy (graphic literacy), meaning that they can correctly interpret the thousands of charts found around news media daily. Another notion Cairo mentions to help facilitate chart interpretation is making sure that the artists make regional proportions correct to their statistics; this means that if a city, like Miami, FL, has a population of 2.7 million people, while a city, like Los Angeles, CA, has a population of 10 million people, the graphic depicting LA should be nearly four times the size of Miami's representative graphic.
As I constantly find myself narrating life's events to an unintentional soundtrack every month of each year, I quickly realized that others probably have as well! It's easy to connect certain songs to particular past memories. With this key notion in mind, I thought it would be fun to rank my ten most played songs from each month from least to most favorite! I will give brief summaries containing my favorite lyrics, musical dynamics, and production characteristics of each song below. If you're intrigued by any of the details listed, I also made sure to include each artist's website, social media, a direct link to the track, and whichever album/single the song was released. Since I decided to only post cover art rather than a video link, I wanted to clarify that these songs are available on all major streaming services (Apple Music, Spotify, TIDAL, Pandora, Youtube, etc.). I hope you enjoy!