Session 5 (3/27/2019): Data Visualization
- Introduction to Data visualization
- Discuss individual project plans (in pairs and group) Revised Project Proposal - due April 10
Exercise 1 (20 minutes)
In this exercise you will select one project listed below and answer several questions.
- Pedro Cruz, John Wihbey, Avni Ghael, and Felipe Shibuya. A tree for U.S. immigration
- MIT Senseable City Lab. Treepedia
- Google News Lab and Truth & Beauty. The Rhythm of Food
Questions to Consider
- What is the story that the author(s) appear to be trying to convey?
- Is the design effective for the story?
- What is the underlying data source?
- What goal or research question does this visualization addresses? Is it clear?
- Is it interactive, if so, how?
- How was the visualization created? Do you know which software, tools, methods, etc. were used?
- Is it user-friendly? If not, why and what would you improve?
- Any other observations?
Exercise 2 (15 minutes)
Consider your own research or pedagogical needs. What type of question(s) or arguments can you make with a spatial visualization? Reflect on these and other questions while drawing or sketching out a dataset, map, or other visualization.
- What type of data source(s) would you need?
- Would you create your own data or require an existing dataset?
- What kind of resources might you need access to?
- What type of visualization would help you answer this question?
- What kind of visualization tools might you need?