Share Your Experience--Data Visualization Project

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 by Adobe Education Latest activity: Jan 17, 2017

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Share your experience creating and implementing a data visualization project. What was your project and who was your audience? What were your successes and challenges? Do you feel your project enhanced visual literacy skills?

Comments (15)

TJ Evans

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 6:02 AM - Permalink

I enjoyed working my way through this lesson, particularly the creation of a data vizualization using Adobe Illustrator. I've used Illustrator a few times to create a few graphics, but the activity in this workshop introduced me to a few more tools that I hadn't used before. For students and teachers aiming to create vizualization, I would think that choosing an appropriate metric and choosing the correct tool to build the graphic might be a little tricky if the vizualization is based on complex information (e.g., the bailout bill mentioned in Matthias Shapiro's Ignite presentation).

Leticia De Leon

Posted on Feb 28, 2016 12:21 AM - Permalink

I've been fascinated by data visualization and its potential, and this was a great introduction. I didn't realize that Illustrator had a graphing component! It makes it easy to make create the basic chart, and then get creative with the rest of the illustrator tools. I tried to create a sample chart with data I have on conference participant numbers, but I imagined my students using data in illustrator to consider a message beyond the mathematical. It makes the graph become more intentionally connected to how people connect to data and how they process it through their own cultural and affective filters. It adds another layer of meaning, as well as a connection, to the audience for which you build a graph.

Claire Richards

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 1:50 AM - Permalink

Visualising data makes it come alive! It is how we think and it can be applied to any data. The pop culture data will be of most interest to students. This workshop has made me think that sometimes it is the actual processing and presenting of information rather than just researching and finding information about a topic that can be the learning process. I really liked this workshop in seeing that through illustrator we can have more control over the final visuals of a chart or graph.

LeNelle Cobbs

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 4:18 PM - Permalink

Data visualization project was challenging. I am amazed with tools available and freedom offered by Illustrator's tools. It did have trouble with selecting chart type commands.

Mia Kalish

Posted on Jul 4, 2015 3:52 AM - Permalink

I noticed that most people who talk about data visualization use mathematical examples. While it's an interesting trend, I think that concept representation also deserves to be considered. Perhaps people just assume that mathematical information is harder to understand? I'm trying to do a visualization of what it means to develop a research question, and it's really hard . . .

kiesha poole

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 11:47 PM - Permalink

Teaching with digital visualizations allows students to truly visualize and analyze data, particularly when it is an interactive model that they can engage with. A piece they can not only take data from, but add their own research to, so they can expand upon the lesson.

Keyasha Johnson

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 2:28 AM - Permalink

I used this information on a self assigned infographics project on Sustainable vs Industrial Food for individuals and organizations committed to growing and distributing the food supply in America. An Infographic is a visual representation of a story, article, idea, and/or group of statistics. Basically Data Visualization and Infographics are the same.

Getting started was the hardest part for me. I wasn't quite sure what images to create, how detailed the illustrations should be, and what content should be emphasized. This projected helped me to understand the important elements of visual literacy which are:

  • Unified Theme
  • Effective and Clear Data Visualizations
  • Typography
  • Identifiable and relevant illustrations

Duane Erickson

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 2:45 PM - Permalink

This session came at the perfect time. Every year our school takes about three weeks to do a grade level project. The project is to show students that what they are learning in school is applicable to the "real world."

In our project specifically, we have developed a service learning project, where students spend about 6 days working with different non-profit agencies that help different serve a variety of people in our area (ie, veterans, homeless, elementary kids). We not only want to teach students to learn to serve, but also what the purpose of each of these organizations.

With the data visualization project, we can now have students look at the data from our state and represent it in an easily understood visual representation. The representation will help solidify the mission of each the organizations that we work with.

tannizia anthony

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 8:59 PM - Permalink

This session make me realize how boundless the possibilities are. This visual way of communicating is exciting and it causes your to remember lots of information easily. My project focuses on a survey of ways students spend their summer vacation. our sample data is two hundred students ages 12-16 years. This is our first time using Illustator

Candie Witherspoon

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 4:21 PM - Permalink

My project for Data Visualization or infographics was created in Illustrator CC. My target audience is my students and anyone else wishing to understand the creative process. My students often grumble when I insist that they complete the first couple of stages in the Creative Process, but it is necessary. Even professionals in all design and art related industries use these first stages of the creative process when completing projects for clients or their companies. Having this visualization posted in my classroom or added to presentations that introduce my next assignment is a necessary addition for reteaching and reviewing this essential process for any project they undertake in my courses. I think this project was beneficial in helping me to create better presentations for my classes in the future. It does take some sketching and brainstorming to find the right fit and arrangement of the data, as well as choosing eye catching illustrative properties that will enhance the information delivery rather than distract or turn the viewer off.

Matt Hankinson

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 11:39 AM - Permalink

With the whole push towards visual literacy and text meaning all manner of visual communications, this was an excellent process for my students to show how to communicate ideas with limited written words but communicating through imagery. As I work in primary grades 1-3, mostly the choice was to colour code the states to a key indicating population size. A couple of students elected to use icons to represent quantity either by size or with a key e.g. 1 image =1 million people. A great link into scale and ratios for mathematics. Visually though, all the children including poorer readers could make comments about the information shown in the imagery with a quick glance, demonstrating the power and impact of data visualisation.

Jennifer Hunter

Posted on May 8, 2014 2:53 PM - Permalink

This course opened my eyes to the possibilities and they are endless.

I have a concern. I don't teach Adobe products and neither do some of my fellow teachers and so I can use Adobe's free webinars and learn basics enough to teach my students to make something but it is just basic and the time I spend teaching a skill is less time allowed for teaching content. Any suggestions?

Ana Laura Toledo

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 10:25 PM - Permalink

I love this visual way of communicating. It's different, brief, fun and the students and people in general are grateful with this kind of data. They see it and remember what's in it.

Chad de Kretser

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 6:23 AM - Permalink

The experience of creating and implementing a data visualisation project was engaging,challenging and allowed experimentation. It was engaging as it allowed the development of a creative visual way to display data. It was challenging as it required learning of new programs, tools and skills. It also allowed me to experiment with other data visualisation tools, especially those that can be used on an ipad.

Robin Pence

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 3:17 AM - Permalink

The course on teaching with data visualization has taught me a whole new approach to looking at data with students. I feel that in the past this was done off computer via posters, or in an un-dynamic way, and that even then the students didn't always "get the picture." I feel that this approach could also have a bigger impact beyond the walls of the classroom, helping them to see the real world application of this data as well.