Join Bill Shander for an in-depth discussion in this video Developing the story, part of Designing a Data Visualization.
- So now it's time to develop our story.…I think it's really important to think…of every time you communicate,…as being a story okay?…There's a beginning, there's a middle,…and there's an end.…You're trying to walk someone through some ideas.…And data visualization has to follow this structure as well.…Even though your readers, your viewers,…may not experience it in that linear way,…it's really helpful to think in that way.…So what's our story here?…We know we have all this data,…this 2014 Human Development Index data.…And there are a lot of interesting parts to it right?…So we have the idea that some countries…do better than other countries,…some regions perform better than other regions.…
Of course we know the key components of the data…are the 2014 HDI rankings.…So just from the get go I known that my illustration…is gonna be organized in that way.…I'm gonna have the highest-ranking countries…at the top and the lower-ranking countries lower below.…And what are the other things I want to focus on,…what are the other parts of my story…
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