Join Bill Shander for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding sparklines (scripting), part of Designing a Data Visualization.
It's kind of neat, you can do Illustrator Scripting…in any of these three languages.…And as you can see down here,…this actually goes all the way back…to Adobe Illustrator CS2.…So, quite a number of years this has been around.…You don't hear about it very much,…but it's an incredibly powerful and exciting tool…for doing exactly this type of work.…If you have done programming before,…you're going to find this relatively easy to understand.…Actually, I would say very easy to understand.…
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