Homework Number 1

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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.

Homework #1:

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.

Politics

Over the Decades, How States Have Shifted

Arellano, Andres - Over the Decades, How States Have Shifted

Bradley, Josh - Over the Decades, How States Have Shifted

Cui, Yuwei - Over the Decades, How States Have Shifted

Gholami, Milad - Over the Decades, How States Have Shifted

Gluck, Jonathan - Over the Decades, How States Have Shifted

At the Republican Convention, the Words Being Used

Fung, Nicholas - At the Republican Convention, the Words Being Used

Julien, Isaac At the Republican Convention, the Words Being Used

Manjunatha, Varun - Republican Convention Word Counts

512 Paths to the White House

Chao, Tiffany - 512 Paths to the White House

The Scale of the President's Budget

Memory, Alex - The Scale of the President's Budget

Sports

London 2012 Olympics Results

Imbriano, Chris - Results - London 2012 Olympics

Maidasani, Hitesh - London 2012 Olympics Results

Peixin, Gao - London 2012 Olympics Results

Wills, Kent - London 2012 Olympics Results

N.F.L. Draft: How Good Are Teams at Picking the Best?

Iyyer, Mohit N.F.L. Draft: How Good Are Teams at Picking the Best?

Segev, Yoav - N.F.L. Draft: How Good Are Teams at Picking the Best?

The World Records That Fell

Li, Hao - The World Records That Fell

Strikeouts on the Rise

Parker, James - Strikeouts on the Rise

Economy

Across U.S. Companies, Tax Rates Vary Greatly

‎Kramida, Gregory - Corporate Tax Rate

Sun, Jin - Across U.S. Companies, Tax Rates Vary Greatly

Sorensen, Michael - Corporate Taxes

China Still Dominates, but Some Manufacturers Look Elsewhere

Du, Fan - China Still Dominates, but Some Manufacturers Look Elsewhere

Housing's Rise and Fall in 20 Cities

Sharmin, Mahfuza - Housing's Rise and Fall in 20 Cities

Community

Among the Oscar contenders, a host of connections

Brule, Joshua - Among the Oscar contenders, a host of connections

Fakhraei, Shobeir - Among the Oscar Contenders, a Host of Connections

Malu, Meethu - Among Oscar Contenders, a Host of Connections

Others

Mars Curiosity Rover Tracker

Enns, Peter - Mars Curiosity Rover Tracker

Mauriello, Matthew - Mars Curiosity Rover Tracker

Reshaping New York

Bhattacherjee, Souvik - Reshaping New York

Du, Ruofei - Reshaping New York