There are three things to do here
I would like from you to do the following
Exercise 1: Introduction to Data visualizations:
This exercise asks to you collect data and create a data visualization that communicates that data graphically.
Step 1 – Collect Data
At home, or wherever you are working, collect a set of quantitative (numerical) data. While everybody loves a good pie chart, try to collect different data than just “how many” of a thing to make your visuals more interesting and of different types. For example:
- How long does it take to get to a specific floor in the elevator vs. climbing the stairs based on multiple tries?
- What’s the ratio of books to other stuff on your shelves?
- How much time do ducks spend foraging vs. just wandering around?
Think about the various processes that take time or require resources (e.g., how many almonds you eat in an hour, or the average time it takes to drink a soda). Think about the items you have around you and what they are used for (e.g., what apps do you check on your phone in an hour). Quantitative data is all around you–every time you do something, check something, or observe something, you are generating data. And so are the things around you–e.g., stoplights, phones, dogs, and squirrels. Select an item or items around you (including yourself) and collect the data it generates.
Step 2 – Create a Visualization
Once you have your data, draw a data visualization that represents your data. To pick the type of data visualization, go back to the Design chapter you read and review the visualization types. You can use any medium you want to create your visualization–pens, crayons, markers, or, if you are already familiar with creating visualizations digitally, use an app like Excel.
( I will upload the reading that you need for this part)
Exercise 2 : select and submit Data Set
In this exercise you will need to choose data set and then. Once you have selected the data set from the ones below and decided on a point you want to make using that data, submit the following
- A brief description of your data set
- A description of the point you want to make using the data
- The audience for whom you are writing
Data to choose from
- CDC Obesity and Dietary Trends
- CDC Substance Abuse
- Unicef Literacy Rates and Gender
- Pew Trust Core Trends in Technology and the Internet
- Pew Trust Cybersecurity
- Pew Science Trends
- Census Bureau Place of Birth and Poverty
- FBI Crime in the US
- Pew Trust Global Economic Attitudes
Exercise 3 : Visual analysis Activity
This exercise asks you to analyze a visual to develop your ability to think critically about the visuals you’re designing for your project.
Find a data visualization to analyze that you find interesting or unusual. The visual can be one you think is good or one you think has problems. Once you’ve found one you’d like to work with, analyze the visual by answering the following questions:
- What type of visual is it?
- Is the visual appropriateness of the type for the data? Why do you think so?
- What is the purpose of the visual and who is the audience? How do you know, and what specific elements of the visual led you to your conclusion?
- Is the color use effective? Distracting? Does the color use make the visual more or less effective? Why?
- Does the design of the visual contribute to or detract from the clarity and accuracy of the visual? What specific elements support your conclusion?