Homework Number 1
Homework #1 (Critique of New York Times visualization): (due: 9/19/2013)
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 2012-2013 (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 19, 2013.
The critiques were evaluated based on five criteria. Here are some examples of each criterion. Grading Criteria
Matt Ericson, Graphics Editor provided thoughtful feedback on the critiques.
Over the Decades, How States Have Shifted
At the Republican Convention, the Words Being Used
512 Paths to the White House
The Scale of the President's Budget
London 2012 Olympics Results
N.F.L. Draft: How Good Are Teams at Picking the Best?
The World Records That Fell
Strikeouts on the Rise
Across U.S. Companies, Tax Rates Vary Greatly
China Still Dominates, but Some Manufacturers Look Elsewhere
Housing's Rise and Fall in 20 Cities
Among the Oscar contenders, a host of connections
Mars Curiosity Rover Tracker
Reshaping New York