Join Bill Shander for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Designing a Data Visualization.
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- In this course, we'll be working in a couple of different software programs. It's conceivable that you'll be looking at them for the first time, but you'll get more out of the course if you've already worked in Excel and Adobe Illustrator before today. You don't need to be even remotely close to an expert in either, but the more you're already familiar with them, the easier this course will be. Ideally, you'll know how to work in Excel. You'll know how to create new workbooks. You'll know what a cell is. You're familiar with the idea of formulas and functions in Excel, even if you don't know how to create them yourself. We will be doing this together, but I'll walk you along every step of the way.
Office 365: Excel Essential Training is a great course to start with. If you're completely unfamiliar with Excel, you might want to check this out first. Similarly, in Illustrator, you should know how to work at a basic level. Maybe you know what layers are, you've touched the Pen tool before, how to write a Bezier curve isn't a complete mystery to you, but that's pretty much it. You don't have to be able to do complex paths or crazy masking in Illustrator. But again, this Illustrator CC Essential Training class would be a good place to remind yourself how to do some Illustrator tasks. Now, we're also going to be doing some scripting.
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