Monthly Archives: April 2014

Week 4 P2 Classchum Feedback

Employment/Unemployment Statistics

Get information from multiple sources instead of just one source.  Find a purpose for this project:

  • Is it to scare people?
  • Help people see what industries to enter?
  • Reasons why one demographic has a higher unemployment % as a pose to another demographic.

Maybe focus on a small demographic to simplify the project or focus on only the top jobs.

Unit 3 Reading

This chapter covers the idea of balancing infographics so that it better applies to a selected audience. In figure 3.2, Cairo has a visualization wheel that he has created for himself where the outer axis represents complexity versus intelligible and the inner points represent how you arrive at the two axis. After analyzing his visualization wheel, I feel that I would agree with the inner features however I would not agree with its positioning. In his illustration, he has them aligned in a perfect circle suggesting that some features weigh more heavily than others. I feel however, it would be more accurate if the features were arranged as an hourglass as I have illustrated below. One reason I feel this way is because no matter how extreme you design something on the middle features such as Abstraction and Novelty, Cairo is saying they will never be as complex as a small bit of design into Density or Multidimensionality. Another question that comes mind when reading this week’s assignment has to do with targeting your infographic to an audience. Here, he implies that the design of the infographic should be suited toward your intended audience. However, when dealing with the general public like he does in his career the audience is very broad in terms of capability of understanding. Therefore No matter what audience he targets, I feel like it would not apply to others. How can designers really choose to target an audience of such a size.

wheel

http://www.visualcomplexity.com/vc/blog/?p=1138

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/10/14/the-dos-and-donts-of-infographic-design/

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1670019/10-steps-to-designing-an-amazing-infographic

Week 3 Peer Critique

To make this work Antonio Bahena suggested a few things:

-Don’t portray all the NBA teams and their city changes at the same time to avoid chaos

-Center the map of the US or add information of the teams on the right side

-Divide the teams by regions they compete in

-Use team colors to help people identify with the team

Unit 2 Reading

Cairo explains that “form follows function” is not 100% accurate because this would suggest that it is unidirectional when in fact the two are bidirectional in relation. The problem with this statement is that it assumes all things with a similar form can be used for the same function. In his book he uses an example of a spoon having a concave build allowing people to use this as a tool for scooping. He then compares an iPod wheel, also with a concave build which would not be used for scooping. Another issue addressed is the bubble charts. Bubble charts can be misleading when they are used to compare data size with the size of the circles in the charts. This is because the human mind has a hard time comparing the surface area of a circle as a pose to the area of a rectangle. However, bubble charts look good and are decorative and therefore people will use them. In some instances they can be very beneficial but that is determined by the goal. In Cairo’s example he uses a a bubble chart to identify the general patterns of concentration when it comes to voting for Republicans and Democrats.

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/03/23/does-form-follow-function/

http://www.mit.edu/~mbarker/formula1/f1help/11-ch-c3.htm

Week 2 Peer Critique

This project conforms to the guidelines for project 1.  The client for this project is the NBA.  The project would be on the NBA website.  This project would be a single webpage and interactive.  The pixel dimensions would be 792px in width and 612px in height.  There were questions about what information should be included.

  • Why teams change cities
  • Who buys the teams
  • Why teams change names
  • Should logos of previous teams be included