Data Analytics and Visualization Portfolio
Maintaining the balance of learning various new softwares, all while staying present in the world of news and critically thinking of over-arching projects is not something that comes easy. In the past ten weeks of my Data Analytics & Visualization class, I learned how to HTML code using D3, create vector graphics using Adobe Illustrator and gain a better perspective on how to seek out news that is shared in an interactive and creative way. As a visual learner, I finally began to enjoy data and analytics in a way that made sense to me.
While learning the language of HTML code is no easy task, working step-by-step with the data given in the book, Interactive Data Visualization, made the challenge a lot more manageable. Below are the examples from the final three labs completed with D3. Each lab shows a unique way of displaying data in an interactive and user-friendly manner. By using the mysite platform, hosted by the University of Denver, I was able to add my labs online to allow for a simple viewing experience. Below are a few selected labs.
VEctor Design, Project 2
For this project, I put in a lot of work and effort because I was determined to go past what I was comfortable with doing. The goal of the second project what to break down the way something works - essentially the mechanics of an action. I chose to show step-by-step what a lacrosse shot looks like. Many have a hard time picking up the sport because handling the ball in a stick feels so foreign. I hoped to provide some quick tips and facts with this illustration and really enjoyed playing around with fonts and tracing.
Vector Design, Project 3
I struggled the most with this project. The objective was to create an infographic spread – to choose a topic we were passionate about and to visually tell a story with the data that we found. I chose something I was not well-versed in, but something that I wanted to understand more: the melting ice caps of Antarctica. I learned about a crack on Antarctica’s western peninsula and knew that that would be my focus. However, the hardest part was finding a way to illustrate all of the data I found. Displaying the way ice shelfs melt or break was far more complex than I imagined. I chose to focus on the Larsen C crack itself, and hopefully created a piece that was interesting and informative for all audiences, regardless of preexisting knowledge.