Busy, busy, busy: approaching the end

It is a cliché, but it seems like yesterday that we all started with this course titled ‘interactive visualization’. Deadlines are approaching quickly (this Friday we must be finished!) and this means we are making our last adjustments to the project as we speak. Fortunately, we have made a lot of progress, especially during the last two weeks. In our previous blog post, we already showed you the interactive infographic that was made in Piktochart. This week, we will post our final versions of the interactive visualization and animated infographic video. We are quite content with what we have achieved so far, especially because none of the group members had any experience with translating data into several visualizations.

What have we been doing?

Skype meeting

Last week we had a skype meeting with our supervisor to discuss our progress as a group. We were happy to hear that we were on the right track. After the meeting, we worked as a group on both the interactive visualization (in Tableau) and the animated infographic video (using Powerpoint). We will devote a specific blog on our activities in Tableau later this week.

Individual assignments 

Some of the discussed visual design principles. Source: Sh!ft

Furthermore, we were quite busy with our individual assignments as well. We have not mentioned the individual assignments before because they are not or only partly related to the group project. The individual assignment consisted of making an infographic poster on a topic of your choice. Each poster needed to consist of different visual forms (e.g., text, graphics, illustrations). To help us with the designing process, we had a lecture on visual design principles and human capabilities with regard to the perception of visual forms. We received quite a few tips about the do’s and don’ts of infographics. For example, it is very important to keep your graphics simple (less is more!) and to avoid chart junk. If you are interested in the results of our final individual assignments, we invite you to take a look!

Animated infographic video

Finally, we are almost ready with the animated infographic video on child malnutrition. The video actually summarizes most of our main findings and tries to explain why it is still relevant to discuss this topic. As may be noticed, there is input from all different assignments. We used Microsoft Powerpoint to create the animated infographic video. The link to the video (published on YouTube) will be available soon!

Coming soon! 

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