We explore how DIY making techniques can support the democratization of data. We present two DIY data physicalizations: a CNC plotter for rapidly prototyping visualizations on paper, and a physical, dynamic bar chart of migrant deaths constructed with origami. We discuss several issues when embodying data through maker techniques: DIY guides, materiality, and the relationship between resources and knowledge. Finally, we propose several questions to discuss in the workshop.
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Presented at the ACM CHI 2018 workshop: Maker Movements,
Do-It-Yourself Cultures and Participatory Design: Implications for HCI Research.