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  • Writer's pictureSophia Canfield

Data Visualization



All Class Surveys:


Google charts: https://developers.google.com/chart/interactive/docs/gallery each chart has examples if you click into it.

A nice simple on is the pie chart for daily activities: https://developers.google.com/chart/interactive/docs/gallery/piechart



Homework #9 Due: Reading & Data Visualization Assignment, due Fri 12/2


Reading assignments: Workers in the Global South are making a living playing the blockchain game Axie Infinity https://bit.ly/3D9fl9l

Write a 1-3 paragraph reflection on the transformation RK Secretario due to the NFT game. Add this reflection to your “readings.html” page.

2 Part Project (this may be a collaborative project with one other person, however, each student must create their own final design):

A. Gather Data – select a topic of interest and collaboratively create Google form to distribute widely OR publicly available dataset.

B. Represent Data – Using Illustrator graphing tools create a basic representation and then enhance with illustrations and photos.


Required viewing:

Creating Graphs in Adobe Illustrator CC

from LinkedIn Learning “Creating Illustrator Infographics”:

ch. 2 Basic Charts and Graphs


Gather Your Data (Acquire)

You may use a publicly available dataset or gather your own data by querying family and friends. Select a topic of interest, such as health or study habits or entertainment. When generating your own data, narrow your topic to a set of simple questions that will allow you to create a visual presentation. For example, if your topic is health, narrow this topic to a series of questions such as:

1. How many fruits do you eat each day?

2. How much junk food do you eat each day?

3. How many well-balanced meals do you eat each day?

4. How much do you exercise each day?


A simpler single question may be: How many days of the week do you exercise and how long is each exercise session?


A simple entertainment question may be: What is your favorite current show on Netflix?


Ask your question to a minimum of 10 individuals in-person and create a Google form to distribute widely.


Parse, Filter, Mine: Organize your data into a series of numbers or information that can easily be represented in a chart. Identify the number of data sets, define the minimum and maximum numbers. Envision a clear presentation.


Create Your Visualization (Represent & Refine)

1. Using Adobe Illustrator create a new 1920x1080.

2. Create a title for your study/visualization.

3. Use the grid and guides to layout your design.

4. Using Illustrator Graph Tools, select the most appropriate graph to represent your data and graph the information that you have gathered.

5. Visually enhance your graphical presentation – use a color scheme, icons...


The simpler the data that you represent, the more visually enhanced your presentation should be. In other words, if you have tackled a complex set of data such as daily eating habits, you may want to use multiple graphs to represent different pieces of information such as eating habits versus exercise. However, if you asked 20 people what their favorite Netflix show, a single straightforward question, you should find 15 interesting ways to enhance your presentation such as creating unique icons or adding background images. You may entirely transform your graph using your own graphics such as in examples presented in lecture and in the video tutorials.




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