The University of Cumberlands Analyzing and Visualizing Exercise
Select an example of a visualization or infographic, maybe your own work or that of others. The task is to undertake a deep, detailed ‘forensic’ like an 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:
- Start by identifying all the annotation features deployed, listing them under the headers of either project or chart annotation
- How suitable are the choices and deployment of these annotation features? If they are not, what do you think they should have been?
- 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
- Also, considering the range of potential annotation features, what would you do differently or additionally?