“All models are wrong, but some are useful.”
George Box 
In my research practice, I generate and then explore the raw data and insights through a wide variety of means. Many of these are visual, some are spatial, some static, some interactive, some abstract and some concrete.
This helps me think, see and understand the three or four dimensional nature of complex challenges. My approach helps me to zoom in and out of the research, to pull it apart and put it back together to see what I learn. I see it as a continuous form of synthesis - the images, maps, videos and sketches are all tools to help me generate a more nuanced, more realistic, and more constructive picture of the system of people, places and experiences, I research.