Join Bill Shander for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding country names and ranks, part of Designing a Data Visualization.
- So now that we have our roughed end design,…and it's in pretty good shape,…I'm going to start producing all the components of this,…and so I'm going to work just from left to right.…We're going to do the country names first…and then the train lines,…the spark lines, the inequality, etc.…I'm going to start off by creating a new layer,…and I'm just going to name it very literally,…Country Name Rectangles,…and you'll notice that I'm using layers…in this project for the different pieces,…so I have one layer for all of…the country names in the rectangles,…one layer for all the spark lines,…one line for inequality, etc.,…and the reason is that we're going to be automating things,…and when I'm running scripts to create, for instance,…all of those spark lines,…it's a lot easier to have a layer dedicated to that,…so I can mess around with just those…and test my script, etc.,…rather than have, for instance, a layer for each country,…which is how I might organize it,…if I was doing this all manually.…
So I'm also going to lock and hide my Vis Draft layer…
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