IN CLASS: Visualization Brainstorm
In teams, you will choose two of the case studies from The Data Journalism Handbook and use them to generate ideas for your team project visualizations. As with the "Digital Object" component of the Pittsburgh Dataset Project, this component of the team assignment will be a mix of graphics and text that tells a story. Remember, for the final draft, you are creating a mix of 4-5 graphs and tables that illustrate specific points about your topic, and one of your graphs should be an interactive visualization that gives users the ability to change the display (filter, search, resize, swap datasets, etc.) Your brainstorm should consider the questions below and, when you are finished taking notes on these questions, you should submit them using the Google Form linked at the bottom of the page.
- How do your chosen examples inform your thoughts about the kinds of graphics you will create? Which case studies provide models to build on or avoid?
- How do your chosen examples make you think differently about design elements? Which case studies provide models to build on or avoid?
- How will your team balance functionality and aesthetics/beauty? For your topic, what are the pitfalls of going to far in one direction or the other?
- What questions of genre and audience do you need to consider? (I'm your initial audience, but it might be useful to imagine an ideal reader.)
- Do you have visualization ideas that aren't found in our case studies? If so, where will you find previously published work similar to what you want to create?
- How will divide up the workload for the project visualizations?
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