CMU, Communication Design Studio, Project 3
“Data visualization is effective because it shifts the balance between perception and cognition to take fuller advantage of the brain’s abilities.” — Stephen Few
October 31, 2016
We’ve all seen data visualizations — some of them effective; many of them simply pleasing graphics. In our next process we have to dive into the process of conceiving and crafting visual, aural, and temporal representations of data that communicate information in ways that are useful, usable, and desirable, paying close attention to patterns that emerge.
Some of the sources for data are:-
- World Data (broad range)
- Interesting portal to open data around the world
- Information on history, population, economy, government, infrastructure, and military of 267 countries
- Compilation of data from a range of sources
November 5, 2016
For this project Chirag and me have teamed to find data and analyze it. The topic that we have taken is “creation” which is one of the need’s from Manfred-Max-Neef’s classifiation of fundamental need and our next task is find relevant data for it.
Some of the examples for data visualization:
- Christopher Baker’s American Toys: Overlay of guns
- Crayola Color Chart
- The Shape of News
- 892 Unique Ways to Show a Partition of a 3x4 Grid
and many more as follows.
- Obama’s Presidential Garden
- What’s in the Customer’s Mailstream
- Coffee Drinks Illustrated
- Trustworthiness of Beards
- Die GroSe Sex Umfrage: Uses vegetables in place of a bar chart
- The True Size of Africa
- Fifty Years of Exploration: Mapping of the planets and outer space
- Succession of Life: Diagram that maps natural occurrences and life population
Explorations in form
- Kevin Van Aelst: Uses everyday objects as in the visualization of information
- CodeCity: Creates cityscapes based on data stats
- Pop Up Books by Mariano Sidoni
- Dan Collier’s Typographic Links: Uses string in books to show connections of content
- Wind Map
- Minds of Modern Mathematics: Based on Eames exhibit for a World’s Fair entitled Mathematica
- A History of the Sky for One Year
- Skrekkogle DRC Exhibition
- Our Planet Breathing
- Gun Violence
- Barbie Body
- Citeology: Shows connections of citations among CHI papers
- Last Clock by Jussi Angelsleva
November 9, 2016
Team discussions on possible data sets,
- Number of work hours per week vs. happiness ?
- Per-capita income vs. Average salaries vs. Happiness quotient — Can money buy happiness?
- Number of patent applications, residents vs. non residents vs . GDP?
- Research Institutes per country vs inventions per country?
- Various occupational groups and their salaries by gender (2014)
November 15, 2016
We have narrowed down our data topics and come to a single one.
The data we collected addresses the question:
What people studied (Bachelor’s Degree) and which occupational field they work in, by gender & race in United States in 2012?
How many people work in the same field as their bachelor’s degree?
November 17, 2016
We had to understand the elements of the story, the order in which they would appear in the story so that it creates more impact.
Understanding the possible actors in the story and how to represent them.
November 22, 2016
November 24, 2016
Various attempts at visualizing the data.
November 26, 2016
November 28, 2016
November 29, 2016
December 1, 2016
December 6, 2016