Dear Data by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec with a forward by Maria Popova (Brain Pickings) is an entertaining and visually stunning reminder of the pervasive nature of the data we generate--and collect.
Quite often we need to ease into topics many of us view as daunting. Perhaps all of the attention to big data, small data, and the right data, has you feeling the "butterfly effect" aka Chaos Theory--start your data journey here-- a diary of data generated during a year of correspondence.
"You must not copy nature. You must let nature instruct you and then let the eye and the hand collaborate."
Let me explain how I apply this to my daily practice. If you read books, listen to podcasts (perhaps), or gather varied interests organically and continually--the eye and hand will collaborate, fueled from your experiences.
This is Tangerine (Mandarine) from a suite of plant lithographs. You have held tangerines and tasted them at the height of flavor. When you view the print can you immediately "see" the dimpled surface and exact shade of orange? No need to copy nature--your eye and hand can collaborate to tell the story.
In many ways, the built world was not designed for you. It was designed for the average person. Standardized tests, building codes, insurance rates, clothing sizes, The Dow Jones - all these measurements are based around the concept of an "average"--Roman Mars