Homework Number 1

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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.

Homework #1:

Please add your name in alphabetical order by last name and link to your PDF letter between 6-10pm Thursday, September 13, 2012.

Olympic:

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

Student debt:

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

Lan, Rongjian

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?

Electoral map

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

Others

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