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Weekly Question #4: Complete by March 2, 2017

Leave your response as a comment on this post by the beginning of class on March 2, 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.

46 Responses to Weekly Question #4: Complete by March 2, 2017

  • https://www.viziononline.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/tech-logo-evolution.jpg

    I think the link above is a good representation of telling a story with an infographic. The infographic is about the evolution of logos in tech companies. Under each logo, there is the year which it was used and next to it is the next logo used and its year. This infographic is easy to use and the viewer is able to understand the message without reading the description.

    • Ami, I found the infographic of company logos really interesting as well and caught my attention the most. It was cool to see what the original logo looked like and how it has evolved overtime to something consumers easily recognize and associate with on a daily basis. I agree that the infographic is easy to read and follow without reading the above description. It easily represents a story of how companies continuously are improving over the years by updating their logo even though some of the logos change ever so slightly.

  • The infographic is an example of a good data visualization because the graphic was able to tell the story of how letting the employees play games can benefit the company as a whole. The graphic also have a great data – ink ratio, as the graphics and data ink seem to complement each other. When looking at the infographic, readers will not be intimidated by too much words and will still be able to understand the infographic clearly.

    Link: http://www.dailyinfographic.com/12-reasons-to-let-your-employees-play-games

    • Long, I also found that the explanation of why employees should play games in order to benefit the company as a whole was a great example of good data visualization. Not only does the graphic look attractive, it’s creative and has great contrasts along with statistics which are easily visible and take much of eye concentration to the important info. Because of the layout, the graphic is definitely easy to understand where as most people know what it portrays just by looking or glimpsing over.

  • http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/?currentpage=5&currentPage=5

    I chose “The Ultimate Hot Dog Style Guide” as an example of good data visualization. The infographic shows images of how a hot dog is styled around the world. It does a good job of visually showing how the hot dog looks and giving a brief description of what is on each one. The colors used are not distracting; furthermore, the hot dog images are not clustered when placed side-by-side.

  • http://www.politico.com/2016-election/results/map/president

    I believe that is is a great example of a good data visualization because it is very clear and easy to read. The chart also tells a story about who won the 2016 US presidential election and breaks down the results by state. There are no distracting elements of the visualization and it only includes information necessary to understand the visualization. Also, the graphic is not misleading and does not lie about the results.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/student-loan-debt-americas-next-bubble-to-burst This infographic paints the story of student loan debt and projects its future. The best part about this graphic is how it illustrates the growth of student loan debt. It compares total debt to amounts like Italy’s GDP, the UK’s national debt, and credit card debt. This allows for someone to develop perspective on how big student loan debt really is. This graphic does a great job of providing context which is necessary when looking at and illustrating Big Data.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/how-much-cardio-does-it-take-to-burn-off-a-big-mac
    This infographic is good because all of the graphics make sense and doesn’t confuse the reader and it’s easy to read. It tells you how many calories and grams of fat are in some food items, for example a Big Mac. It also tells you how much exercise you have to do to, either cardio or weightlifting, to burn off that food item in both men and women. Under all that information it also gives sample exercises you can do to burn those calories.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/see-the-leading-causes-of-death-for-u-s-police-officers This graphic is able to show the audience the variety of different dangers that a police officer could face on the job. The graphic is able to show the viewer the topic and how significant guns are in the death of police officers. While the graphic doesn’t show numbers to differentiate the total amounts in each category, the size, ratio, and 2-D graphics give the reader a honest and true representation of the data collected.

  • https://visual.ly/cost-american-dream This infographic depicts the reason why many Americans are not able to achieve the American dream and displays the trust costs of this pursuit. Using easy-to-follow color-coded graphics with big numbers and minimal text, it clearly displays the current debt our country faces and how much the Average American spends on various items. Additionally, the infographic uses on-point icons and color shading to make items easy-to-read and easy to spot the key metrics that the infographic wants to highlight. At the end, it clearly highlights the top 4 things Americans need to do to afford the American dream with big white text on a dark background.

  • https://www.viziononline.co.uk/tech-company-logos/ This infographic explain the evolution of each company in terms of the logo design.
    The outline of the infographics is simple and clear, the description of each infographics interpret the appropriate amount of information and details for each company. In terms of data-ink, since there’s not much quantitative or complicated data, the data-ink in the infographics does increase the aesthetic of the graph, which makes the appear in a simple yet beautiful outline. On the description perspective, it gives the critical detail about the company; such as, the history of the company, the meaning of the logo, the company’s concentration in business so on and so forth. In all, the infographics lay out appropriate amount of detail; moreover, with the help of data-ink, it increases the aesthetic of the interface.

  • https://blog.samuel-windsor.co.uk/mens-dress-code-infographic
    This is a good example of an infographics because the graphics and message are easy to follow; they easily display the men’s dress code by using the suitable text and color. The color scheme that the creator used is appealing and comfortable to look at. Each of the dress code is clearly sectioned without confusions.

  • https://www.viziononline.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/tech-logo-evolution.jpg. This infographic is a good example of data visualization because it is very straight forward and easy to read. There is a nice flow to it when it explains the evolution of brand logos changing over time. It is broken up into sections to clearly show each brand with a short description. It isn’t overwhelming with colors and text so it is easy to follow and understand what is happening in the graphic.

  • http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2007/8/7/world-fatness.html?printerFriendly=true
    This graphic I chose is a good example data visualization because it is simple and easy to understand. Data is broken down into 3 ranges, and graphics help to tell story with their size. Last thing that makes this graph a good example is that it conveyed a lot of information with the least amount of text.

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

    I thought this was a good infographic because it put all of the book stacks on the same scale. There was no 3D charts, and it really drove home the point of cosmetology having the most expensive books. It’s very easy to look at and understand.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/student-loan-debt-americas-next-bubble-to-burst
    I think this is a good example of data visualization because it does a great job at telling a story. At this point in my life, student loan debt infographics are especially interesting because they are relevant at this time. The infographic is easy to understand, has interesting statistics, and has a good color scheme where you can clearly see all of the information. The percentages are clear and exact, which is important in any infographic.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/find-out-the-actual-cost-of-raising-a-child-from-infancy-until-adulthood

    This is a good infographic because it is easy to follow. All numbers from 1960 to 2011 were adjusted for inflation, and the scales of the graphs are appropriate. It tells a good story of how the costs of raising a child have increased over time and breaks it up by different costs. It uses colors that are eye catching, but not distracting to the information. Overall, I think it was an interesting infographic!

  • http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2017/2/3/the-evolution-of-technology-company-logos.html

    I really liked this infographic because it was simple and to the point. It was nice to look at, but the colors and patterns did not distract me. There is no 3-D pictures and each logo is very clear. It is broken down into sections by company, and under each logo it tells us what year the logo was introduced. The infographic shows how over the years the logos have gotten much simpler.

  • http://www.newsindata.com/drug-overdose-deaths/

    This infographic is shows a graph with the drug overdose fatality rate of Heroin, Marijuana (both Schedule 1 drugs) and Prescription Opioids (a Schedule 2 drug). This infographic is simple but extremely effective in showing the growing issue of prescription opioid abuse. The graph shows that the fatalities of prescription opioids are almost twice that of heroin, a drug people perceive to be worse, and marijuana, a drug that is on a higher schedule (and has 0 fatalities). The graph also shows that the fatalities are growing at an exponential rate.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/your-brain-on-beer-vs-coffee-infographic
    This infographic did a good job explaining the essential information we need to make a decision. It show us how both beers and coffee affect us anatomically as well abstractly. It had good images that let us better visualize the situation. It has introduction, pros, cons and conclusion. Its information is short and to the point which will not bore readers.

  • http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2017/2/17/a-year-of-driving-2016.html

    This infographic shows the impact driving has on our lives, including the costs, time spent driving, environmental impact, and vehicle impact. This infographic shows the information efficiently by providing the bare minimum to understand the information. The numbers are large and all have a short explanation of what they stand for. The backgrounds for each number fits what that statistic stands for. It is easy to follow and engaging. After reading each statistic you keep scrolling to see more since this is a topic that relates to a large majority of people.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/a-propotional-look-at-the-worlds-languages
    This graphic of spoken languages around the world does a great job of visually representing what languages are most commonly used and where they are located. It is easy to compare multiple languages and of what country. The infographic depicts what it is trying to convey in a simple way while still dealing with very large amounts of data and meanings to them.

  • http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/stephen-curry-is-the-revolution/

    I couldn’t resist. This is my favorite example of data visualization. Perhaps, it’s because I’m a biased, bandwagon Steph Curry fan. I think the guys at FiveThirtyEight do a fantastic job of visualizing Curry’s remarkable stats from the 2015-2016 season. While this article contains many visualizations of Curry’s stats, perhaps the most revealing in graphical form is “The Clock Can’t Stop Steph” chart. This graph quickly reveals the extent to which Curry succeeds in making shots while time is running down on the clock. It also contrasts it to the NBA average in a quick, easy-to-understand format. I also like the chart, “You Can Never Have Too Much Curry”. This chart demonstrates Curry’s steady growth as a player from each season versus every other player in the NBA. All in all, I like every one of these charts. I would like to think it’s because FiveThirtyEight did a fantastic job and not because I love Curry.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/12-myths-about-sex-infographic

    I feel this infographic does a great job in saying what it has to say about how the all of the misconceptions we humans believe to be associated with intimacy. While It is a little wordy, it takes full advantage of all of the images it utilizes and uses them to provide us with a still easy-to-understand list of debunked myths that, let’s face it. we all probably thought and worried about at a point.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/how-to-travel-internationally-without-jet-lag

    The infographic does a nice job of telling a story because it is designed to help people see there are different sections. There is a line that goes from the top to the bottom that helps you follow the steps to the story and shows you the timeline to travel Internationally without jet lag.There are images that correspond with the text that helps you understand the steps.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/the-battle-for-net-neutrality-in-the-usa

    The battle for net neutrality graphic does a good job of setting up a timeline and keeping the meaning clear; the legend demonstrates that the left (blue) is net neutrality and the right (red) is for ISPs and restrictions. The graphic is visually appealing, but not cluttered with unnecessary visuals or information. Only relevant information is used. Each event is clearly shown as a win for one side or another, or as a break in the middle where neither side wins, but the event has a large effect on both.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/your-brain-on-beer-vs-coffee-infographic
    I thought that this graphic is an example of a good data visualization because it shows you that the best time to drink beer is when you need to come up with an idea and that the best time to drink coffee is when you need to execute that idea. It also does a good job of showing how each drink affects your brain and behavior.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/the-joy-of-clicking-infographic

    This shows a very clear infographic on what influences shopping online. All the graphs’ percentages begin at 0 which doesn’t skew the differences and the pie charts are out of 100 percentage points. The bar charts are also very minimalist, with few colors and no 3-D.

  • This graphic does an excellent job of depicting The Beatles songwriting because it covers every piece of songwriting that one could think of, color codes by person, for an easy to follow pattern, and makes the graphic so esthetically pleasing. The color portion makes it very easy for the person trying to understand the graphic to associate one color with one person, over and over again. Additionally, there are no traditional bar graphs or scatter plots, there are very creative and interesting charts that depict not only the information being conveyed, but also reminding you of what you’re looking at. For example, in the first graph, the music note at the top of every line reminds you that the graph is referring to songs. The use of data-ink ratio is executed nicely with no extra ink, and there is no chart junk.
    See the graphic here: http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/beatles-infographic-11526#

  • http://www.iphonedoctor.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/iPhone-Battery-Life-Infographic-Update.jpg

    The infographic I chose compares the battery life of iphones by generation while performing certain tasks such as streaming video, listening to music, and web browsing. I really liked this graphic because it is easy to comprehend and is visually appealing. It also does a great job of showing how Apple has increased the battery life of each successive generation of iphone.

  • I really like this Gender Wage Gap graphic for its simplicity, comprehensiveness and ease of use. The graph tells the story of wage inequality with only 5 colors and through simple flat lines. It makes the career categories bold, so as to save the space usually consumed by clutter-prone hierarchies. The interactive elements (pop-up information, sorting, …) also help the graphic look clean while allowing non-essential but useful information accessible. The length of the each line is proportionate with the data it represents. In summary, the graph accurately conveys the story using minimal visual elements.

    http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/gender-pay-gap/

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/these-foods-and-beverages-are-awful-for-your-teeth
    I think this graphic is good because it includes funny pictures and proper categories for bad and good barrages for teeth. The length of the explanations for each picture are simple and straight forward, so the reader can get the information within a few seconds.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/online-casino-insights-when-where-how

    I chose this infographic because not only did it grab my attention, but it was a great representation of data gathered from casinos all over the world. This is an excellent choice for data visualization because it really brings together crazy/hidden information about casinos that you would never really have guessed were true. For example, did you know that Europe is the luckiest region in the world for playing roulette? Or that on average, the luckiest day of the year to gamble on is the 9th of December? Or even that Tuesdays have the most jackpot winners compared to any other day of the week? Its interesting stuff, and It takes a lot of information to form a data visualization that strong and accurate for that large of a scale.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Healthworks-Poop-Infographic.png

    Despite its humorous aspects, this info-graphic does a great job of educating its viewers about proper digestion. This topic may be a sensitive subject for most people so seeing something similar to this can be very informative. The info-graphic is very straight forward and does well using different images to present the data. After presenting all the data, the graphic ends with a list of uncommon facts most people would be surprised to read.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/ultimate-guide-to-taking-notes-in-class
    This graphic of the Ultimate Guide to Note Taking is a good example of data visualization because it uses so many graphics and statistics to efficiently represent each step in the process. Such as, a chart showing what percentage of notes are forgotten if you don’t organize and review your lecture notes. Also, good visualizations are used comparing a pen vs. a keyboard for note-taking purposes. Then, they use graphics as examples to each method of note-taking, so it gives an exact outline of what you need to do for effective notes using methods 1, 2 and 3. The amount of pictures to describe the words used in this graphic is what makes it such a good data visualization.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/the-history-of-rock-music-infographic
    I think this infographic does an excellent job showing how rock music has changed over the years. Also, the information is clear and easy to understand. The timeline and drawing provide a better understanding what information wants to be transmitted. Easy to compare the lyrics among the different years.

  • https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://img.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/files/2015/03/gerry.png&w=1484

    This infographic perfectly explains what gerrymandering is and how it the choices of drawing districts can manipulate the electoral results. The infographic tells a great story about a relevant issue currently. It also allows us to instantly compare the different choices easily and meaningfully, immediately help us understand what gerrymandering is.

  • http://pebblecode.com/blog/the-present-and-the-future-of-data-visualisation/

    I decided to chose the NFL infographic from this article because it does an excellent job of representing injuries during the NFL. The infographic represented over 1,300 injuries and shows where the players received those injuries. An infographic like this can help the league see where players are suffering injuries the most and try to see if they can change rules to lessen the amount of injures.

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

    Although very funny, this infographic did a very comical, easy to read, graphic that properly represents information on the natural bowel movement. Who knew that certain disposals of fecal matter were not only linked to diet but also emotional health? It provides very accurate visuals as well as descriptions to easily convey the message at hand. The comical aspect also engages the audience very well. Towards the end after explanation of the various different types of poop, it does well to provide ways to improve health and poop better!

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/here-are-the-10-most-painful-spots-to-get-a-tattoo
    I liked this info graphic because of the way they use a skeleton to point out the top spots on your body to get a tattoo. Even though they hurt everywhere I thought it was a good description on why those spots were picked, and why they hurt so bad. Last semester my group and I created a info graph for big chain corporations against the small chains. Its pretty interesting how a picture can tell so much.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/student-loan-debt-americas-next-bubble-to-burst
    This graphic explains, in a logical and sequential manner, the looming financial crisis that is being fueled by an increasingly large share of student debt in the United States. It represents the pure financials of it very well (how debt has grown over the years, how risk of delinquency has greatly increased, and how the debt has continued to grow in comparison to inflation), and even goes so far as providing advice as the end on ways to mitigate taking on student debt and contributing to the growing bubble. Its use of graphs, references, and charts are all easy to understand and appealing to the eye!

  • I picked apple Iphones in US. When the time comes to tell future generations about the epic mobile contest between Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android OS, Mary Meeker’s 2016 Internet Trends report will serve as a great overview. What does it tell us? Well, I think it shows that there was a budding smartphone market before the two US giants came in, and that Apple does enjoyed a brief lead on Google before being surpassed by the latter’s unquenchable thirst for more users.

  • http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/1/11836816/iphone-vs-android-history-charts
    I picked Apple IPhones company, because it show how many people like the iPhone. When the time comes to tell future generations about the epic mobile contest between Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android OS, Mary Meeker’s 2016 Internet Trends report will serve as a great overview. What does it tell us? Well, I think it shows that there was a budding smartphone market before the two US giants came in, and that Apple enjoyed a brief lead on Google before being surpassed by the latter’s unquenchable thirst for more users.

  • https://www.columnfivemedia.com/work-items/appfolio-infographic-how-much-will-the-average-national-rent-get-you
    This is one of my favorite inforgraphics from Column Five media. “Floored Plans” compares apartment size based on location. It is successful because it tells an interesting story explaining where you get the most for your money, it has graphical integrity because the floor plans are all displayed on the same plane and at the same scale, and it also is a simplistic and clear representation of the data.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/food-hacks-to-keep-your-groceries-fresher-for-longer

    I really enjoy this graphic because I find myself wasting quite a bit of food from not really knowing if the item is still good or not. A large part of my issue, which this graphic brought to light, is that I never really knew the shelf life or proper storage methods for some foods, like fruits and vegetables. Which drawer in the refrigerator was once such a daunting conundrum. I think this graphic is very well organized by food groups, storage methods, and shelf life. Although I believe the food groups would be better organized by color coding as well, I think using corresponding colors to the color of the food is an easy way for people to find what they’re looking for on the chart (i.e. bananas are yellow, avocados are green, etc.). Overall, this graphic is excellent and I will continue to refer to it in the future.

  • http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2017/3/1/a-visual-explanation-of-gerrymandering.html
    This infographic does an excellent job at explaining gerrymandering to someone who may know very little about it. Gerrymandering has become more and more relevant in politics and can give a major advantage to one party over another. It’s a very simple and to the point way of describing something so complex.

  • The graphic below is a great visual tool to display a unique perspective of one of our most common activities: driving. I think this is a great visual tool because it integrates your driving history with important indicators such as carbon emissions, miles per gallon, cost, miles driven and days behind the wheel. It allows users to make sense of the aggregate data to help make more conscious decisions in the future. Otherwise, without a visual display, there is no strategic decision making in how to better spend your time and money or how to help the environment. Aside from this, it can help see how overall time is utilized and can give you a sense of where you have been throughout the country.

    https://dashboard.automatic.com/labs/year-in-review/index.html?share=EynWiblKM

  • https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://img.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/files/2015/03/gerry.png&w=1484
    This graphic is a good example of data visualization. It explains clearly its purpose without going overboard. The graph itself helps prove the point it is trying to make. It helps explain the bigger picture as well as it has to do with the real world.

  • https://dashboard.automatic.com/labs/year-in-review/index.html?share=EynWiblKM

    I chose this graphic because of the simplicity of the data. It is quite aesthetically pleasing, and the data is very clear. This graphic shows how much time one spends behind the wheel, and how much mileage and money goes into driving, something that we often do not think about.

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