Homework #1 (Critique of New York Times visualization): (due: 9/13/2012)
Based on your experience with a New York Times interactive visualization, write a critique (300-500 words, include the URL of what you are critiquing), as a letter to the designers. Describe what you like and why, then make suggestions for improvements and, where possible, give URLs for examples that illustrate your points.
Choose from interactive visualizations created during 2011-2012 (Thanks again to Matt Ericson for providing this list).
You can organize your critique by way of large issues (choice of services, intended users, ease of learning, range of exploration, etc.), medium issues (use of color, window management, interaction techniques, choice of widgets, data quality, etc.), and small issues (terminology, label placement, color, fonts, etc.). Consider the design from the novice & expert perspectives, small/large screen, slow/fast network, and try to find errors/bugs. Another approach to a critique might be by using the Eight Golden Rules from "Designing the User Interface" (Chapter 2 in any edition), or see http://groups.drupal.org/node/8248
For a further discussion see: Information Visualization specific heuristics
Put a link with your name in alphabetical order by last name just below on this wiki page. In your critique include your name, email address, date, and affiliation.
Please add your name in alphabetical order by last name and link to your PDF letter between 6-10pm Thursday, September 13, 2012.
Dasler, Philip - London 2012 Olympic Medal Counts
Fruin, Brendan - London 2012 Olympics Results
Morales, Juan - Olimpyc results
Alison Smith - The New Olympic Stars (of Twitter)
Szaszy, Mike Homework 1 - Olympic Runners
Ta, Dung (Bryan) - Olympics Results
Li, Shaojie (Jeffrey) - Homework 1- Olympics Results
Bagdouri, Mossaab - v2 - Student Debt at Colleges and Universities Across the Nation
Lee, Hanseung - Degrees of Debt: Student Debt at Colleges and Universities Across the Nation
Wang, Yulu - Student Debt at Colleges and Universities Across the Nation
Malik, Sana - Student Debt at Colleges and Universities Across the Nation
Rahman, Kazi Minhazur - Student Debt at Colleges and Universities Across the Nation - - Better Quality PDF
Rahman, Kazi Minhazur (Revised) - Student Debt at Colleges and Universities Across the Nation
Yang, Fan - Student Debt at Colleges and Universities Across the Nation
Top 1 percent
Ashktorab, Zahra - Homework 1 - What Percent Are You?
Chen, Chenglin - What Percent Are You?
Hua, He - The Top 1 Percent: What Jobs Do They Have?
Ayhan, Samet - The Top 1 Percent: What Jobs Do They Have?
Franklin, Lyndsey Version 2 - Electoral Map
Li, Jianyu (Leo) - The Electoral Map: Building a Path to Victory
Chen, Szu-Chieh (Jessie) - Homework 1 - The Electoral Map: Building a Path to Victory
Abromowitz, Scott - Version 2 Abromowitz, Scott - Original Version - Rick Santorum's Race
Chaturvedi, Snigdha - Mapping America: Every City, Every Block
Chelaru, Florin - It’s All Connected: An Overview of the Euro Crisis
Fong, Allan - 9/11 Tapes
Musialek, Chris - Mapping America: Every City, Every Block
Panagis Papadatos - Steve Jobs’s Patents
(old version) Wu, Johnny - Homework 1-revised version - Drought and Deluge in the Lower 48
Raj Zachariah - Homework 1
Zha, Sheng - Four Ways to Slice Obama’s 2013 Budget Proposal