Join Bill Shander for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding inequality (scripting), part of Designing a Data Visualization.
- So that wasn't such a bad process to do this manually,…but it's still so much easier to automate these things.…And the scripting to automate adding inequality…is just like it was for sparklines.…Very straight forward, it's going to look very familiar.…So I'm going to open up the inequality script.…And as you can see, it looks a lot like the other one,…as I mentioned.…And I need to make sure this dropdown is selected,…Adobe Illustrator CC2014.…and if I go back to Illustrator, I need to make sure…that my active document is ready and available.…And I'm going to delete this bar that we added manually.…
And so we start with a clean slate.…Everything's locked except for my one layer…that I want to be working in.…And now I'll go back to my script.…And you'll notice it starts out exactly the same.…First I have to create an object called myDoc,…make sure that it is the active document…in the application that is being targeted.…And then I add a bunch of data.…And so in this case the data is not an array of arrays,…it's just an array.…
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