Join Bill Shander for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up the design file, part of Designing a Data Visualization.
- So we finally get to move into Illustrator…and start designing this visualization.…This is one of many fun parts,…but this is the most fun part in a lot of ways.…One of the things that makes this so fun for me…is to actually work in Adobe Illustrator.…I spend a lot of time doing interactive graphics,…so when I get to do something for print,…and especially the idea for this one,…which was to create a really large graphic,…it's really extra-special and fun for me.…So, to that point, one of the things I realized…very quickly and early on in this project was that,…if I'm gonna visualize 187 countries' worth of data,…many data points, right, the three components,…the HDI score, the inequality, the trends, et cetera,…this is gonna be a massive graphic, right.…
This can't be a 1200-pixel-wide thing…that's gonna be seen on screen.…This has to be huge.…So I decided early on that I really needed…to create this big print graphic.…And I decided that it really should be…just a massive eight-foot banner.…So the first thing we're gonna do…
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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