Join Bill Shander for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Designing a Data Visualization.
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- If you have access to the Exercise Files you can download them from the Exercise Files tab on the main page for this course. You can just open the files and then follow along with the same project that I'm working on. If you don't have access to the Exercise Files you can easily follow along using your own files. We have four types of files. We have Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that contain the original data for this project has it was downloaded from the UN, as well as versions that contain the data after I've made adjustments to it. Essentially every step along the way during the project.
We also have Adobe Illustrator files, that again contain the design for every stage in the process. We also have Adobe Illustrator scripting files. These are the three files that contain the code that automate the processes that we'll be talking about in this course. I also have the color palette that I used in this .ai file here, which you'll be able to import into Illustrator to work with directly. If at any time in this process you're confused or intimidated, especially maybe during the programming part, if you don't feel like you wanna be exactly working along side me, you could just follow along by looking at these files while I'm talking and just watch what I'm doing.
Okay, time to jump in.
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