Join Bill Shander for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding HDI and its components (scripting), part of Designing a Data Visualization.
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- Here we are at the last automation process…that we're going to do today.…We're going to now automate that process…of creating the HDI and its components,…these lines up in here for all the different countries.…So like we did with the spark lines and inequality,…I'm just going to first of all get rid of…the manually created stuff that we did.…We're going to go strictly into Illustrator Scripting…to do this work for us.…Before we do that, I have to go into Excel…and just sort of put some other numbers together.…First, let me get rid of these pieces…of data that we did earlier.…
I don't need those anymore.…In addition to these four columns of data,…we need a few more pieces of data…that we're going to bring into our script.…So one of them is I need each country's…actual HDI score.…That's gonna go in that white stripe…with the gray text.…I'm just going to copy and paste each of those.…Just going to take it over here,…and put it next to these,…just because it makes it easier…for me to copy and paste everything at once.…
The UN Human Development Index used in this course is a perfect example: a composite number used to rank countries on how well they're doing across a range of measures (such as health, wealth, and education). Instructor Bill Shander shows how to make this index data tangible and approachable by imagining the story and visual approach first. He then builds the design in Adobe Illustrator, capitalizing on some automation and scripting abilities the program offers. Start watching for unique insights into the entire data visualization process.
- Working with the data
- Sketching and wireframing your design
- Roughing out the visual design components
- Manually creating the design in Illustrator
- Using Illustrator scripting to improve accuracy, speed, and repeatability
- Designing callout boxes, legends, labels, and more