Reading and Project 3 Start – for Mar 17

Employment, education, campus sexual assaults, fracking, vaccines, women’s pay equity, police violence against unarmed black men, women’s right to reproductive health, genetically modified foods: all are complex and contentious contemporary issues with passionate supporters and critics. And all are supported or opposed by a variety of often confusing data and arguments.
This project requires you to address a significant contemporary issue using published data to support your particular view or argument. The goal of the project is to use data and design to convey a heightened recognition of the issue, to influence and empower users, and to promote engagement and activism.

On March 17, come to class with 1 or 2 proposed specific projects – issues supported by data – and present proposals and relevant similar projects to group.

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Reading for Tuesday, March 17

Critical InfoVis (Debbie, Ethan, Lauren – discussion leaders)

Trail of Silence data, Shak Greeley’s project

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Penn Libraries Guides—subject areas for research—for instance, a page on education research… and Lauris Olson page.
Gallup Poll of Most Important Problems, 2015

For instance, Global Road Deaths, below:

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Justin Lee’s project:

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Trends in Total Reported Sexual Assaults, below:
(Statement from designer Cara McGrath)

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Abigail Reynolds, Mount Fear, South London, (crime data visualization), below:

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Reporting and visualization that reveals racial patterns and argues ‘black lives matter.’
Her book, Ghettoside, is reviewed here.

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1% More

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While a lot of us tinker with responsive design, I thought this simple albeit traditional data visualization is a good balance of good design with a nice adjustable toolbox. I think my favorite part of this graph is the color palette – simple, balanced, and intuitive, as each the strength of the blue shades indicate the increases whereas the grey represents the status quo.

And you know, we should all save more. People under thirty-five in the US have a negative savings rate, so put that plastic back in your pocket. (David, you keep doing you – your generation seems to be doing okay.)

Project 2 updates

Circles contain album art; each represents a song. Size of the circle corresponds to number of times sampled. When user hovers over circle, circle will 'flip' or be covered by a transparent circle and will contain a number corresponding to the number of times sampled.
Circles contain album art; each represents a song. Size of the circle corresponds to number of times sampled. When user hovers over circle, circle will ‘flip’ or be covered by a transparent circle and will contain a number corresponding to the number of times sampled.
A web of title vocabulary
A web of title vocabulary; close up
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A web of title vocabulary; showing mouse hover action
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A web of title vocabulary; general visual

Also, an idea for how to visualize the types of sampling each song has had:

http://www.chartjs.org/docs/#doughnut-pie-chart

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