INSTRUCTOR: JACLYN HANSBERRY, SECTION 012

Weekly Question #4: Data Visualization

Leave your response as a comment on this post by June 9, 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!

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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.

22 Responses to Weekly Question #4: Data Visualization

  • 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.visualcapitalist.com/chart-5-tech-giants-make-billions/
    I think this is an a good example of data visualization because I work at T-Mobile and I can see how many iPhones and iPads are being sold daily. People come in to purchase/upgrade the latest iPhone like it’s the last iPhone that will ever be made. I had customers who say they are using their rent or bill money just to get it. I can really see how Apple makes Billions for their products, they are in such high demand.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/11-mind-blowing-starbucks-facts

    This post about Starbucks shows how much of an impact the company has had in the past few years.This a good model of data visualization because it shows the facts and data in a simple way. The facts are also broken down in simplicity so that anyone can read it. Working at Starbucks, these facts are very eye boggling but yet is reasonable.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/whats-your-poop-telling-you-infographic
    This infographic is talking about some knowledge about humans’ poop. Although the topic is funny, but I still think it is a great graphic. First, the whole graphic has a good tie-in color. Second, it shows the different types poop with the color, shape, and literal statement. Third, it shows where its resource comes from.

  • https://www.marqit.nl/newsitem/17887

    The infographic attached about how hackers earn profits breaks down a complicated matter into simplistic terms. The conveyor belt to a convertor imagery does well to display the investment cost and size by the hacker and the amount of data the hacker is putting through the machine to earn profits. This graphic tells the story of what data a hacker is after and how that information becomes profits for the individual. Graphics like this one would make having this conversation with many people much simpler as many people see hackers as abstract entities without reason to target them. This graphic tells the story of how hackers can and will effect as many people as they can, which is because there are plenty of profits to earn!

  • http://www.speedtest.net/index.php
    This infographic is produced by the site to determine a user’s internet speed. It is extremely simple and displays the speed within a speedometer which makes it look nice and also explains what the intention of the test is for, it is built to determine speed. Even users who do not have any idea of what the site is about will understand it.. if the name of the website was not enough. Also, the data (Ping, download, and upload) is very clear to the reader.

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

    I very much enjoyed this infographic! It was entertaining and interesting. The graphic was easy to navigate as I didn’t have to guess what was the next point. The color scheme was fun and energetic and the verbiage was easily readable, and not threatening or intimidating for the topic at hand. The graphic used a tongue -in-cheek way of communication and highlighted it’s points in a way that it wouldn’t offend anyone. The infographic was sourced appropriately at each step lending to its credibility. One downside is that it is rather a LOOONG chart. Which is fine when you are scrolling up and down on a computer screen but the printed version may need to be condensed without losing it’s message.

  • http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/cocktails-interactive/

    This graphic shows 77 different cocktails to order from a bar and I think it is a very good example of data visualization. The graphic is very easy to read and follow. The way the drinks are organized in the graphic, by the time throughout a day to order the drink, tell us a story. It is also easy to filter the drinks by selecting a “base drink” at the top of the graphic. I like that it is interactive and can be customized for those who do not care to see all 77 drinks. The graphic uses a good color scheme as well. The colors are are easy on the eyes and meaningful (i.e. yellow for lemon juice). Each drink is shown in the glass it is served with makes the proportions very realistic so the graphic has good integrity. It is a good looking graphic yet still very informative with all the data it offers us so altogether it is a great example of data visualization.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/kitchen-hacks-how-to-make-scrambled-eggs-in-your-microwave

    This is a good infographic because it is lea, appealing and easy to understand. it is color coated and clearly shows all of the iformation it needs to show without overpacking the infographic.

  • 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/the-anatomy-of-a-best-selling-book
    This infographic is very easy to understand and essentially tells a story. There is, clearly, great use of space and the graphics are used appropriately. The creator of this graphic shows what truly makes for a great book.

  • http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2017/5/24/interactive-cocktail-shaker.html
    I really liked this infographic because it’s easy to read, such as clearly displaying measurements of drinks in cocktails, labeling the names, and specifying how it is made (shake, stir, pour, etc.). The infographic is visually appealing because it shows the shape of the glass that each drink should be in. It’s also very organized in ways such as ordering the drinks alphabetically and specifying what occasion these drinks are for, such as before or after dinner.

  • http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/cocktails-interactive/
    http://www.dailyinfographic.com/indoor-plants-to-spruce-up-office
    So I liked the interactive cocktail shaker infographic because they displayed the drinks in the type of glass they should be served in, then showed the proportion and measurement of each ingredient visually with different colors. Finally you could sort the cocktails by alcohol type which was a nice added interactive element. When you click on the alcohol it sorts out the other drinks that don’t include the alcohol you chose. Since more than one person chose this I also picked the Indoor office plant infographic. I liked this graphic because it does tell a story. It starts off by telling you the benefits of office plants and things to consider if implementing them (ex: water and light). Then the graphic has pictures and descriptions of different suitable plants, which are grouped by maintenance and benefit (ex: plenty of natural light, requires minimal watering, or filters air)

  • http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2017/4/14/the-best-times-to-post-to-social-networks.html
    I picked an infographic that breaks down when it is best to post on social media and when it is best to send emails at work. It makes it very easy to see when it is the best time to post because it breaks down the time by hours and then shows how many views the posts are getting with a bar, if the bar is wider the post is getting more views, if it skinnier then the post is not getting as much buzz. The infographix also does a good job of showing when it is a good time to email people, it uses a clock and breaks down the best times by showing the open email percentage and even speculates the reason why they are opened more; on example is that people buckle down after lunch and check a lot of emails.

  • https://www.glow-internet.com/media/1649/scifi-timeline.jpg This graphic has pretty good data vizulation because it is visual appealing and very straight forward. The timeline goes in order from earliest to latest and clearly states what movies were made and released in.

  • http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2017/5/24/interactive-cocktail-shaker.html I think this does a great job at data visualization for cocktails. Not only does it show the amount of each ingredient but it also shows the variations of total drink size for each drink and it shows the type of glass it should go in. It is also ordered alphabetically and grouped in when the cocktail is most commonly enjoyed during the span of a day or evening.

  • http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2017/5/17/how-5-tech-giants-make-their-billions.html
    This inforgraphic does a great job on explaining how Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook making money from. It uses different color to represent each company,also it makes people easily to underdtand products each company have and what is the persentage of revenue each product has.

  • http://www.visualcapitalist.com/chart-5-tech-giants-make-billions/
    This infographic showing the sources of revenue for the five tech giants was jaw-dropping. The companies are clearly listed in a descending order according to revenue.
    If you’re interested in comparing the 3 metrics of a particular company- market cap, revenue, and earnings- you can do that using the bar graphs. For instance, Apple and Amazon generate a lot more revenue as a percentage of their market cap compared with the other companies. Another interesting fact highlighted by the infographic is that despite its impressive revenue generation, Amazon has the lowest earnings- alluding to their focus on reinvestment into the company.
    The revenue pie chart shows how diverse a company’s products are. I was surprised how many of these tech companies rely heavily on a single product or service for revenue.
    Finally, for the amount of information provided, this infographic uses relatively few words. I found a lot of text drove me away from many other infographics whose subject matter I may have been equally interested in,

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/100-years-of-change
    This graphic does a good job at showing a lot of information in a simple way. It compares different aspects of U.S. society and how it has changed in a hundred year time frame. None of the visuals distract away from the information, yet they are still interesting. The graphic seems to understand the audience it is searching for because the info seems to be laid out for easy comprehension. The framework is also very clear. There is a 1913 side and a 2013 side. Both sides present info clearly and to the point. Lastly, the graphic makes it easy to follow the story it is trying to get across. It is linear in design and the info that is presented seems to flow in a natural way.

  • http://www.dailyinfographic.com/these-are-the-most-popular-types-of-weddings
    These pie charts present how much percent Top seasons, Top Locations and Top Themes take in all of ins users. It is very clear and it is easy to understand which take the best.

  • http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/cocktails-interactive/
    I think this is a cool example because it can easily show you how to make the drinks in real life. You can look at a glass like the ones in the picture and make it according to where the liquid fills said glass like the ones on the graph. This is a fun way of learning about different kinds of cocktails for those who are 21+. This visualization is both useful and fun at the same time.

  • http://www.estately.com/blog/2016/09/the-complete-list-of-lewd-sounding-town-names-in-america/
    I think this is a pretty good example of data visualization because it simply shows how these small towns or cities can be located on the map.
    It is so simple that if one is familiar with US map, you can quickly figure out where these small cities are located. It also tells history about some cities that have been forgotten or their names have been omitted. it is a great fun to use this visualization . I really like it.

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