This week was super challenging for me. I learned that working with APIs takes the coding experience to a new level. However, I also learned the limitless possibilities we have in working with data. Data isn’t something I think about very often. In fact it’s something I’ve subconsciously trained myself to avoid, as it typically involves numbers, which scares me. BUT, if I have learned one fundamental thing at ITP in the past 2 months (only 2 months!), it’s that math is our friend. Math includes numbers. Numbers are the basis of data. Data tells us what we are all doing and visualizing it helps us understand it. It’s amazing! So, it’s worth it.
I tried exploring the process of implementing an API and started with NYTimes. What I was able to do honestly did not excite me very much, and in turn didn’t motivate me to create something visually interesting. I need a purpose. Even as a very illogical person, I need things to make sense and know why I’m doing something. Why am I showing something? Why am I spending time to code something to show people, including myself? Why does anyone know?