Join Bill Shander for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the data, part of Designing a Data Visualization.
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- There's a lot to understand about the HDI data,…and the best place to start is to take a look…at the website that houses the report and the data itself,…here on the UN,…the United Nations Development Programme site specifically.…Now first of all,…I'd recommend that you read the entire report.…So, the PDF is 200 and something pages long.…If you're not quite up for reading the entire thing,…at least read the executive summary.…Now in the report itself,…there's a really great Readers guide.…It's on page 155, I believe,…and it has some really good information…about the data itself, as well as the methodology…and a pretty good explanation of the spreadsheet…of the downloadable data that we'll be working with.…
So, just scrolling quickly down here…it explains these things,…like the Gross national income per capita…in purchasing power parity terms,…comparisons over time, okay?…Discrepancies between national and international estimates.…There's a lot of really interesting things in here,…including some of the methodology…
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