We are happy to announce that we are co-hosting January's event with the awesome folks at the Art + Code Collective (https://www.meetup.com/Art-Code-Collective/).
6:00-6:30 - Refreshments and Networking
6:30-7:15 - "Visualizing the History of Fugazi" from Carni Klirs
7:15-8:00 - Viz and Tell featuring DVDC Community Members (see below for notes on how to volunteer!)
8:00-??:?? - Data Drink @ Courthaus Social!
Visualizing the Fugazi
Carni Klirs is a designer and a musician from Washington, DC. He fell in love with design in high school, by making flyers for punk shows. The social activism of the DC punk scene led him to organizations that use design for social good. After graduating from American University, he spent 5 years at Free Range Studios, working for non-profit clients such as Save the Children, Habitat for Humanity, and NARAL Pro Choice America. He is currently Senior Designer at World Resources Institute, an environmental research non-profit. While at WRI, he developed a passion for working with data and visualizing complex topics for non-expert audiences. To further these skills, he recently completed the Information Visualization Masters program at Maryland Institute College of Art.
I found out about my first punk show in Washington, D.C. because someone at my high school handed me a flyer. A black and white photocopied quarter-sheet of paper, cryptic and intriguing. One show led to another, and at 17 I found myself at Fugazi’s last DC show at Fort Reno. It was an incendiary, powerful performance. I was hooked. Fugazi documented everything. They kept ledgers. They recorded their live shows. In 2011 the band put together a Fugazi Live Series website that includes information on every show they ever played. They’ve consistently been adding live recordings to the archive, and are now up to more than 800 shows. There is an obsessive amount of detail on each show, such as how many people attended, who they played with, and a comments section where attendees that show can share their experiences.
So I decided to scrape data off of that webpage and try to visualize the history of the band, to convey why they were important to me, and to so many others. Fugazi is a lens into a multi-generational subculture that is still active today. They helped foster a community of bands through Dischord Records, which was co-created and still run by Ian MacKaye of Fugazi. They only played all ages shows, and kept door prices to five dollars, making sure every show was as accessible as possible.They decided very early on that every local show they played would be a benefit show, raising money for causes that would directly impact in the community. This is my fanzine, an obsessive documentation of a band I love, told through their own data. It’s my contribution to that legacy of precious ephemera, the printed matter that gets collected and obsessed over, or perhaps perused briefly then tossed in the bin.
Join me as I share a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of "Visualizing the History of Fugazi," where I'll be discussing the iterative process, the design decisions, and the tools used.
Viz & Tell
Get up in front of your peers and talk about a viz project you're working on for 5 minutes. This is a great opportunity to get feed back on your work and to practice your presentation skills in a safe space. If you are interested in presenting, then please email ([masked]) to let us know you want to talk.
You're one of the coolest people in the DC area. You really like data visualization and you're excited to show your work to others. You're also a kind person who can provide constructive criticism to others.
Data Drinks @ Corthaus Social (2300 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington VA 22201 )