Join Bill Shander for an in-depth discussion in this video Roughing out the trends sparklines, part of Designing a Data Visualization.
- So next, we're going to rough in…the sparklines, those little mini line charts.…They're going to show the…trends over time for each country,…how much they've changed, their HDI score,…from 1980, 1990, 2000, and 2013.…I'm going to add a guide…at the bottom of this rectangle.…I think I want my sparklines all to be…contained within that vertical space.…And of course, they're going to start here,…on this edge of this guide,…and go to the right,…and I think I already have a sense…of how wide I want it to be,…not too wide, I'm thinking probably about…maybe three-quarters of an inch.…
So, I'm going to drop in a guide here,…so this would be an inch and so this would be…about three-quarters of an inch, I believe.…And while I'm doing that,…I might as well add another…quarter of an inch guide just beyond that one,…just like there's this space between…the country name and the sparkline,…there's going to be the same amount of space…before the next piece of visualization.…So, the sparklines are all going to live…in this block, right in here.…
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
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Getting to the Idea
2. Getting to the Visual Approach
Sketching and wireframing8m 22s
3. Roughing Out the Design Elements
4. Bringing the Visuals to Life
Next steps2m 21s
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