At least 250 words:
This week we turn our attention to annotations. Annotation is a crucial component of good data visualization. It can turn a boring graphic into an interesting and insightful way to convey information. This week, please navigate to any site and find a graphic that could use some annotation work. Add the graphic and the website it is found as an attachment to this post and note what you would do to enhance the graphic and note why you would make these decisions.
Homework: 2 pages
Select any example of a visualization or infographic, maybe your own work or that of others. The task is to undertake a deep, detailed ‘forensic’ like assessment of the design choices made across each of the five layers of the chosen visualization’s anatomy. In each case your assessment is only concerned with one design layer at a time.
For this task, take a close look at the annotation choices:
Label each of the 4 sections in your document
1. Start by identifying all the annotation features deployed, listing them under the headers of either project or chart annotation
2. How suitable are the choices and deployment of these annotation features? If they are not, what do you think they should have been?
3. Go through the set of ‘Influencing factors’ from the latter section of the book’s chapter to help shape your assessment and to possibly inform how you might tackle this design layer differently
4. Also, considering the range of potential annotation features, what would you do differently or additionally?
Submit a two-page document answering all of the questions above. Be sure to show the visualization first and then thoroughly answer the above questions. Ensure that there are at least two-peer reviewed sources utilized this week to support your work.