Interactive data visualizations using U.S. census data
Students were asked to design a 2D visualization using data from the US Census.
We chose education as our topic and decided on how to structure the story with the given data.
We looked into the data, picked a focus area, studied various types of diagrams and drew sketches.
I brought different sets of typography, webpage layout and color schemes. As a team, we decided on the visual elements, tested how it looks on the actual webpage and modified the design.
We coded the visualizations and added interactivity to each one of the sketches.
One of the key takeaways from this project was that it's important to look into the data and predict how it would look like before stepping into designing and coding. We intended to show the change in educational attainment among different age groups in chart 2, but the difference wasn't noticeable enough to grab the attention and confused the readers.
Also, slider in chart one would not have been the best way of implementing interactivity for the first graph since the degree levels are not always linear(e.g., "Some college / no diploma," "Bachelor's degree," "Associate's degree"). If we had more time, we could have tried range selector instead and evaluated which one was better.