Instructor: David Schuff

Weekly Question #5: Complete by October 12, 2017

Leave your response as a comment on this post by the beginning of class on October 12, 2017. Remember, it only needs to be three or four sentences. For these weekly questions, I’m mainly interested in your opinions, not so much particular “facts” from the class!If you sign in using your AccessNet ID and password you won’t have to fill in the name, email and captcha fields when you leave your comment.

Here is the question:

Consider the best practices for data visualizations we discussed in class. Take a look at two infographic sites: The Daily Infographic and Cool Infographics. Find a graphic that does a nice job of telling a story. Post a link to the graphic and explain why you think it’s an example of a good data visualization.

58 Responses to Weekly Question #5: Complete by October 12, 2017

  • I really enjoy the “7 Ways to Awaken Your Creativity” infographic from The Daily Infographic. It explains a message to the reader while still grabbing his/her attention through creative images and fonts. Each step is bold and enlarged so that the 7 ways can be easily seen. The use of color in this graphic also works well since yellow is a very “eye-catching” color. Overall, the graphic teaches you how to think creatively in a unique way.

    Link: http://www.dailyinfographic.com/7-ways-to-awaken-your-creativity

  • I believe this is a good data visualization due to the way it is shown. The graphic obviously takes into account the various percentages of each area in relation to the the topic and perfectly displays it without confusing a viewer. In addition, the graphic advertises the information in a wimpy yet effective way that allows a viewer to quickly interpret the information. Also, the breakdown of the categories is easy to distinguish which is essential to utilize data to its maximum capability. The graphical integrity of the the graphic makes sense and flows together.

    https://assets.weforum.org/editor/01y-T3Fr7U4ypAY3O4317yETHi-7OOWLD2mSprPIhY8.png

  • https://i.marketingprofs.com/assets/images/daily-chirp/170803-infographic-psychology-of-colors-small.jpg
    This is a really good data visualization. The infographic takes the reader on a journey through the psychology of colors and the impact these have on the public. The infographic is simple and clear, yet tells a complete story.

  • email-cheat-sheet-how-to-make-sure-people-read-your-messages. This link contains an example of good data visualization. That is because, through the use of four related charts, this data visualization shows you four ways you can improve your e-mail writing. Furthermore, all of the charts presented were drawn to scale, included exact figures, and were not 3-D. However, there was a lot of explanation and wasted ink next to the graphics.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/super-skin-of-superheroes

    I like this infographic because it thoroughly explains the power for each superhero. The pictures are self-explanatory. Text is not very long and legends is used very efficiently. It is also having a very good color usage. Last but not least it is very data transparence as sources are also cited.

  • This graph shows the “Politics of Sport Fans”. It shows how fans of each sport lean politically and their voting turnout. The most interesting part of the visualization is the men’s PGA fans. It is exactly what I would expect of men’s PGA Fans – they have high voter-turnout and lean to the right in terms of politics. The visualization is easy to understand and tells the story of the average sport fan’s political beliefs.

    Link: http://static5.businessinsider.com/image/514789beeab8ea4e69000006/your-politics-are-indicative-of-which-sports-you-like.jpg

  • https://assets.weforum.org/editor/01y-T3Fr7U4ypAY3O4317yETHi-7OOWLD2mSprPIhY8.png

    I think this graphic does a very excellent job at telling the story. Not only is it interesting but it gives information on the type of items being sold and their size in a clear and clean-cut way. The graphic is not overwhelming and easy to read. I think it was clever to make the size of the graphs relative to how much money they produce.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/your-brain-on-beer-vs-coffee-infographic
    This link is an example of a data visualization graphic that does a good job of telling an effective story. I think it is a good visualization because it has a nice aesthetic that makes viewers want to continue to read it. Also, although the graphic is based on data as evidence, but the graphic shows mainly the conclusions from the data (meaningful information) in a narrative format that is easy for readers to read and understand with minimal confusing numbers and figures.

  • The graphic I choose was called “What’s Your Poop Telling You?” on the Daily Infographic. It’s a fun graph with animated types of fecal matter. The images don’t take away from the graph but rather make it easy to identify what types of poops you have and the small text boxes go into detail about what each type means for your health/ body processing. The graphic is easily broken down into two sections, identified by their title borders and the different styles of animation. The graphics colors are easy to the eye and are distinguishable between one another. The format makes it easy to follow and understand what each thing means. It’s a rather fun way to inform people about their health.

    http://www.dailyinfographic.com/whats-your-poop-telling-you-infographic

  • http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2017/9/26/the-dark-web.html

    I think that this Dark Web visualization does a good job at providing a clear understanding of what the visual is about. The different sized circles provides an understanding of items that are more popular to be purchased on the Dark Web. You are able to compare the different sized circles to each other. The information in this graphic is very minimal, but you can still understand what the visual is explaining.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/how-self-driving-cars-will-change-law-enforcement

    The graphic I chose was “How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Law Enforcement”, and I think it is a great example of a good data visualization. The data visualization tells a complete story that introduces and compares the statistics for driving safety and police interactions for driver-operated vehicles and driver-less vehicles, and then stating clear and concise conclusions from the data. The graphics and charts maintains graphical integrity because none of the data is being misrepresented in any way. Additionally, the graphs and charts are not too complex and there is no chart junk that is confusing. Overall, the infographic meets all the criteria of a great data visualization.

  • I think this graphic ( http://www.dailyinfographic.com/most-expensive-cities-in-the-world ) from dailyinfographic does a good job of data visualization. The three charts all tell a different chapter of the story “Most Expensive Cities In The World”. They compared different living expenses across different cities. The pie charts especially do a good job of being simple but telling a lot about what people spend on in various cities.

  • https://i.pinimg.com/736x/cf/51/e0/cf51e0ae3fd76dac50390e9ea0b5b2b1–olympic-basketball-winter-olympics.jpg

    This graphic tells the story of the globalization of men’s Olympic basketball. It provides clear visuals to show how many of the participants are in the NBA, where they are from, etc. It then provides information on how well the USA has done compared to the rest of the world in the sport, and the graphic is very simplistic, which allows for easy reading from the readers. It provides just enough information to really see how much the sport has globalized since the 1992 Dream Team olympics.

  • http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2017/8/28/the-perfect-temperatures-for-beer-wine-coffee-and-more.html

    The graphic I chose was “The Perfect Temperatures for Beer, Wine, Coffee and More”. The reason I chose this graphic was because it was simple, easy to read, had really cool visualizations that made sense and last but not least it was very informative. It is a good visualization because it gets straight to the point and one can even make sense of the visualization without reading the backstory. Another reason why I think this is a good example of a data visualization is because the graphics were well thought out and carefully designed to tie into the main point of the entire infographic.

  • https://lifehacker.com/the-ideal-temperature-for-beer-coffee-and-other-bever-1720090808. This very simple graphic illustrates the perfect temperature for drinks using a graphic of a thermometer. I lists many different drinks with pictures for each so there is no mistake on what you are looking at. Each one has it’s own line leading to where the temperature is perfect and writes out that temperature if it is unclear initially. The thermometer is to scale with 10 degree increments evenly spread. The colors used are from bottom to top, blue to red. This tells a story about the difference in temperature as you go up the chart. Red means hot, blue means cold. As far as ink ratio, there is almost no unnecessary space or info. Overall, this infographic displays the information in a very clear way that you can understand even at first glance.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/20-superfoods-with-amazing-beauty-benefits
    This graphic does a great job in telling which food is good for our health, how it brings benefits to specific parts of our body, and provide detailed info of each food. This graphic serves all 3 types of audience: skim, scan, and carefully read. The reader quickly understands the stories within 3 seconds and cute drawings of the graphic contribute greatly to the visualization.

  • https://images.fun.com/infographics/Live-Action-Disney-Movies-Infographic.jpg
    The “Disney Dollars” infographic does a great job in clearly showing the top 20 Disney movies based on the box office. I think it’s a good example of data visualizaiton because it looks cool and disney-ish with the blue colors and sparkles but the color also pops against the black background. In addition, all bars start on the left side and you can clearly see how each movie ranks. There is a price line at the top but each bar has the total amount of money making it clear to read. I also liked how this infographic included franchises as well, and a majority of those were in the top 20. Finally, each bar had an icon at the end of it that related to that movie so between the titles and the icons it was very easy to read.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/whats-your-poop-telling-you-infographic

    I really love this infographic because it really tells the story of monitoring you poop. First it begins with the textures, such as soft and liquid-y, or hard and lumpy. Then it goes on to teach about the different colors and what they should and shouldn’t be. For example, a black-ish color means that there may be blood in your stool. It also talks about how often someone should go, and how to keep yourself healthy. The reader is immediately able to tell if they are in good shape or not.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/beating-insomnia

    I thought this infographic about insomnia did a very good job presenting its intended message. The infographic is well organized, and starts by clearly laying out what is being discussed and who it affects. It uses familiar images to represent the effects of insomnia– but they are simple, created using a minimal amount of ink per image so as to not distract the viewer from the message associated with that image. It shows all the critical information in big letters to get the main point across, and then provides additional info to the reader in smaller text should they want to read the details about the action it is recommending.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/whats-your-poop-telling-you-infographic

    Although many may find the content of this infographic to be disgusting, the infographic itself does a terrific job of telling a story. The pictures of the shapes are very detailed and distinct so you can tell the clear difference between each of them. Each picture has a description of why your poop is most likely coming out that way. It then goes on to discuss the colors, and the reasons behind that. The end of the infographic ends with a few facts. This infographic is colorful, animated, informative, and concise, which makes helps it tell a good story.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/world-ending-apocalypse-scenarios
    I think this infographic is a good representation of visual storytelling because it tells a story as you read it. It goes in chronological order of world-ending threats and they are classified between man-made and natural. The graphic is visually appealing and each point has a brief description.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/is-your-states-highest-paid-employee-a-football-coach-probably-infographic
    This graphic is a good example of data visualization because its simple, clear, and easy to read. It paints a clear picture to me within just seconds of looking at it and I’m not struggling to find any information or figure out what is going on. Within under a minute of looking at this graphic I could clearly see that in a majority of states, coaches are the top paid public employees.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/tips-for-pain-free-posture-at-work
    The infographic, tips for pain free posture at work, does a good job telling a story. Just by skimming through the graphic, I can already tell the basic idea the infographic is trying to present. It used color such as green and red to demonstrate good and bad. The infographic also did a virtual contrast between good and bad next to each other, allowing the reader to quickly identify the difference between them. The dots and lining also helped the reader trace the difference and identity the idea more clearly.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/tips-for-pain-free-posture-at-work
    I thought this graphic was a good example of data visualization. The graphics of people’s positions on their own are clear and the graphics of people’s posture shows a meaningful comparison on the dos and don’t for good posture at work. These graphics also share insight on beyond what the text says by explaining the position of the wrists and then showing the position of the wrists at computers, for example.

  • The infographic that I chose was “The World’s Most Expensive Cities” from the dailyinfographic.com. This infographic immediately caught my eye because I love traveling and it used bright colors without being over the top. The first part of the infographic was a bar chart with the estimated monthly costs of living for the most expensive cities in the world. I liked this because the bars were proportionate to the others and also showed the exact cost. Later on, the infographic uses pie charts to go in to more depth with the top 6 most expensive cities and explains where exactly the money for each city goes. The last part of the infographic explains the average cost of items in different cities which I thought was an interesting piece of data to include.

    http://www.dailyinfographic.com/most-expensive-cities-in-the-world

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/super-skin-of-superheroes
    I like this graphic because it clearly shows you superheroes from different companies and what superpower they each have. It has nice colors and nice animations. For example if I wanted to know what power Hulk has or what company he is from, from the graphic it is very easy to tell that Hulk is a marvel character and that one of his powers is extreme growth. The animation is very appealing to my eyes and makes me interested.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/super-skin-of-superheroes

    I think this infographic is a creative way to break down the characteristics of such complex super heroes. This infographic is light and fun and very easy to follow. The top of the infographic provides a key that displays a different color for each publisher and little pictures that describe types of super powers. I found this infographic to be extremely helpful in displaying the makeup of the “skins of superheroes”.

  • This is a good infographic because it tells a story. There is a clear chronological order to the infographic, and specifies the region where the home design was popular. The same differentiators (siding, roof, windows, other elements) were used for each design to allow for easy comparison. The images of the designs allows for the viewer to better visualize what the design actually looks like. The text allows the viewer to compare subtle differences that may not be easily visible.
    Link: http://www.dailyinfographic.com/history-of-the-most-iconic-home-designs

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/heres-the-recipe-for-a-successful-blog-site
    This infographic in this link is a great example of good data visualization. It uses an eye-catching and concise way of presenting the main point, giving equal sections and providing creative visualizations to each day in the Blogging Meal Plan. The infographic uses a good color and font scheme and a layout that is very easy for the reader to follow.

  • https://assets.weforum.org/editor/01y-T3Fr7U4ypAY3O4317yETHi-7OOWLD2mSprPIhY8.png
    I have the chosen the info-graphic titled “The Dark Web” because it is a good example of effective data visualization. The data is spaced clearly and is concise. The space taken by each chart is proportionate to the percentages in the data which helps the viewer get an idea of the content just by reading the central text in each chart. It becomes easier for the viewer to interpret the data. Moreover, there are no chart junks and the color contrast helps to distinguish the individual statistics.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/how-to-become-a-google-power-user
    Going to have to go with the above infographic as my personal choice. For one, it actually provided me with some valuable information that I’ll use in the future. Additionally, it manages to pack a lot of tips into one graphic, while still being clean and easy on the eyes. Every tip is given in a different color than the tips next to it, which prevents information from running together and looking cluttered. It was also a nice touch to use Google’s colors and font throughout the graphic.

  • Link: http://www.dailyinfographic.com/are-you-more-likely-to-win-an-olympic-medal-or-die-of-constipation

    I am a big fan of irreverent stuff, right, so I picked this infograph because I found it interesting and cheeky. Assuming the statistics are true, I am more likely to get a royal flush playing poker than drown in a bathtub – – mental! This infographic is brilliant because it is simple and presents its data and information in an entertaining way. It picks two outrageous scenarios, compares them, and explains which one is statistically more likely to happen to you. It also reminds me to never play football!

  • Link: http://www.dailyinfographic.com/whats-your-poop-telling-you-infographic
    I think this graphic from dailyinfographic does a good job of data visualization. It contains animated types of fecal and descriptions for readers to learn about their health from the shape and color of their fecal. The graphic colors and details are easy to identify and to comprehend. It also creates a fun and interesting learned through practice for the readers.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/why-pets-make-us-happy
    I think this is a good example of data visualization because it does a good job of taking a lot of information and condensing that information into one clean, easy to follow graphic. Any data presented in this graphic does not attempt to trick or confuse people. The graphic also has good pictures that are related to the data they correspond to, making the graphic even easier to follow.

  • Link: http://www.dailyinfographic.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/superbowl_infographic.png

    This infographic does a good job of visualizing data. It’s very concise so the reader does not have to look too hard to find the information that they are looking for. Having pictures of food next to the text also creates a good visual representation of food and makes it eye catching.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/ins-and-outs-of-marketing-on-snapchat
    I found this graphic to be a solid representation because it took a lot of otherwise uninteresting information and gave it a fun, lively graphic that made you want to read it. It was a rather large graphic but it gave a really good snapshot of the entire marketing summary of Snapchat. This gives enough information that you could base an entire research paper off of it but it really doesn’t use that many words. The best part of this entire graphic is that its information that is actually useful to investors, stakeholders, etc. that is all placed in a nice, easy to read graphic.

  • Link https://lifehacker.com/the-ideal-temperature-for-beer-coffee-and-other-bever-1720090808

    I chose the graphic titled The Perfect Temperatures For Beers, Wines, and Beverages. I like the overall layout of this graphic and theres was no misleading information. Not only does it incorporate statistics to a relevant topic in my life, it also is appealing in color and design. The color scheme is accurate, with red indicating hot and blue indicating cold. Having one bar to incorporate all different beverages helps give yo the perspective of the perfect temperature differences from teas to alcohols.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/startling-facts-about-teenagers-and-mental-illness

    This infographic does a good job at telling a story because the data flows with all the graphics that are incorporated. For example when it talks about mental health, they have a graphic of a brain. Or when it talks about eating disorders they have a graphic of a piece of food. It provides a clear understanding of the data and patters.Also, although the infographic is not too colorful and incorporates colors like black and red/pink, I think that goes along with the fact that the subject is a very serious matter and therefore should not incorporate too much color which could be portrayed as something positive or happy.

  • http://flowingdata.com/2015/12/15/a-day-in-the-life-of-americans/ This is an animated virtualization concept. I think its interesting to see how the data is spread over a 24 hour period and is updated and always changing. The bursts of movement at the top of every hour really add an impact to the overall design and purpose of the infographic.

  • I believe this infographic does an excellent job at telling the story of various trends in rock music throughout the century. Most notably, the social impact of rock music was “shot” out of a cannon in the 50s/60s, oscillating in the 80s/90s, with the “social impact cannon ball” dropping like a lead balloon in the late 2000s. There is not too much “ink” in this picture because the pleasant designs make the infograph look exciting and easy to comprehend.

    http://www.dailyinfographic.com/the-history-of-rock-music-infographic

  • LINK: https://assets.weforum.org/editor/01y-T3Fr7U4ypAY3O4317yETHi-7OOWLD2mSprPIhY8.png

    I think this is a good infographic for a few reasons. It’s visually appealing and sophisticated but doesn’t misinform with its design. The sizes and shapes used look proportionate to the data they are representing. They group each category by color, but use the same shape throughout the infographic. The use of color makes sense with each topic they are informing about, and you can see everything clearly.

  • Link: http://www.dailyinfographic.com/timeline-of-elon-musks-greatness

    This is a graph that talks about the life of Elon Musk with the use of a looping timeline (minus the specific years). I think it does a nice job telling the story of his life by keeping things one sentence for each major event he experienced. What you can tell by the graphic, was when he was young, things weren’t as exciting, but as he got older, he started to do unbelievable things.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/this-college-major-has-the-most-expensive-textbooks

    I think this is a good infographic because it is clear and concise; not too flashy or anything, and illustrate it’s message clearly. You can see which major have the most expensive book at a quick glimpse and which is the less expensive. And at the top of each bar is it’s Y value, this makes it easier to read the value for each bar.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/tips-for-pain-free-posture-at-work

    I thought the “Staying Happy and Healthy at Work” infographic was very interesting and told a story. It really grabs your attention because it is a common issue that people may have while working. They show visuals that are easily understood. The infographic displays what you should and shouldn’t do regarding posture and hand-position.

  • LINK: https://www.shipit.co.uk/shipping-daenerys-to-westeros.htm
    This infographic does a great job answering the question that was for the graphic. It is informing the viewer of the infographic how much it would cost Daenerys from the show Game of Thrones to ship her army. The infographic shows each part of her army like the horses or other factors that might effect the cost like food. This infographic is also simple, easy to understand, and tells a story.

  • LINK: http://www.dailyinfographic.com/tips-for-pain-free-posture-at-work

    I like this infographic a lot. I believe the graphic shows how you can correct your body, so you have less pain at work. The topics, color scheme, and font is well organized on the page. Overall, the infographic does a great job on explaining how you can have a better posture at work.

  • https://assets.weforum.org/editor/01y-T3Fr7U4ypAY3O4317yETHi-7OOWLD2mSprPIhY8.png

    This image is an effective use of data visualization. Within the first glance it is easy to tell what it is about. The image uses the scale of the elements to show how much money is being spent within each segment. The dark background and bright elements make the information pop and provides just the right amount of information for a graphic to depict/

  • Link: https://lifehacker.com/the-ideal-temperature-for-beer-coffee-and-other-bever-1720090808

    This graph displays the best temperatures for different types of beverages. This image tells the story of the perfect temperatures for beverages by putting images and descriptions of these beverages on a thermometer. Additionally, the image does a good job of condensing information on a scale. Lastly, the coloring of the chart allows the viewer understand hot to cold with colors (red and blue) that are associated with each word.

  • Link: https://lifehacker.com/the-ideal-temperature-for-beer-coffee-and-other-bever-1720090808

    I chose an image that displays the ideal temperature for different beverages. First off, this image does a great job of matching colors and words that are associated with each other. So, as the chart goes from cold to warm it goes from blue to red. Additionally, since the scale is a thermometer, the image could stand on its own without any descriptions and still tell a story. Overall, this chart works because it is simple and tells an effective story.

  • Link: http://coolinfographics.com/blog/2017/8/28/the-perfect-temperatures-for-beer-wine-coffee-and-more.html
    The infographic I choose is “The Perfect Temperatures for Beer, Wine, Coffee and More”. the reason I liked this infographic is the simplicity of it and the way that it illustrates the information. It is easily readable and understandable even for people who never worked with data visualization. It shows different kinds of drinks and their corresponding perfect serving temperatures.

  • LINK: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/89/a0/c2/89a0c270f03406eb87dedb63dd297910–non-profit-data-visualization.jpg
    When it comes to data visualization, I think that this picture is probably one of the best styles to use. It shows you the average nonprofit organizations benchmark of profit during the early 2000’s. Everything is easy and simple enough to follow while maintaining a strong amount of information on the screen without being too cluttered. It is simplistic in design and colors which makes following the chart easy and the usage of pictures are well thought out.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/ins-and-outs-of-marketing-on-snapchat

    I firmly believe this info-graphic is very effective in depicting information (statistical) and conveying facts into visuals. It shares quality insight on the company’s data while also illustrating it simplistically with graphs, charts, and minimal wording. I find the use of color scheme very creative to easily distinguish each segment of information. Overall, very good use of data turned to visualization.

  • http://www.visualcapitalist.com/visualizing-apples-record-setting-market-capitalization/

    I liked this data visualization, because it shows the perceptual map of how the companies are doing relative to size and performances. In perspective for Apple Inc., this data visualization will be extremely crucial in respect for its shareholders, as it clearly shows how well the company is operating in terms with others.

  • The graphic I chose is titled The Dark Web; Link http://coolinfographics.com/blog/2017/9/26/the-dark-web.html. I decided to choose this graphic because I after I only took a glance at it, it allowed me to understand what it was talking about right away. I was quickly informed on what illegal drugs and non-drug related sales are done through the dark web. The graphic perfectly points out the items for sale with their subcategories and what the average profit each one of them makes every six months within the dark web.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/beating-insomnia
    I think this infographic about how to beat insomnia does a great job presenting data in a concise way. It first explains what insomnia is and provides key stats, accompanying this information with clear visuals. Data is presented in a logical order, providing a list of symptoms after the initial explanation and then offering methods for beating insomnia. Overall this graphic does a good job of telling a story using visuals that aren’t cluttered or distracting, but are instead colorful, simple, and insightful.

  • https://assets.weforum.org/editor/01y-T3Fr7U4ypAY3O4317yETHi-7OOWLD2mSprPIhY8.png
    I think that this graphic about drugs sold on the online silk road is a good example of a data visualization. The use of different colors/shades creates a clear distinction between categories. Additionally, the simple layout presents a solid image of what drugs are sold the most. Overall it’s clear, concise and displays the story well.

  • https://assets.weforum.org/editor/01y-T3Fr7U4ypAY3O4317yETHi-7OOWLD2mSprPIhY8.png

    This infographic tells the story about the illegal transactions of drugs traded through the dark web. It tells a transparent story that of the total dollar amount of the market and the breakdown of what is sold illegally through the market.

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