Diagram: How to learn freestyle swimming

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It was a great experience to work on the diagram. My topic is to use this diagram to teach beginner swimmers that how they can freestyle swim step by step.

I break up the steps into 8 steps and order it by numbers through 1 to 8. I also add descriptions of the movement to each step. I think in this way, people can follow and understand the diagram easily and clearly.

In this diagram, I chose the main theme color as blue, not only because the water is water, but I also want to give my audiences and relax feeling of looking at this diagram.  For the text of headline, explainer, and label, I chose to use the greyish blue because people can clearly see this color of text on the light blue background, but it still matches perfectly with the main color theme. For the text of the main graph, I use very light blue and white color on the bottom of the grapy because I can these two texts stand out, but not too sharp. For the text of the graph text, I chose to use the dark grey because it is not sharp like black, but we can also see it clearly on the graph.

Graphing the swimmer is not easy because everybody has many different parts, and some parts are overlapping on others. However, I really enjoy the process of drawing the swimmer and I feel my drawing skill has been improved by doing this assignment.

I love the design concept of the simplicity, I want my audience can understand what content I want to express easily.  I really enjoy this assignment, and I hope I can improve more after this class.

Who has the most of the FTZs?

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It was a unique experience to draw a map, but I really enjoyed it. My topic is to show that Texas is the state with the highest number of FTZs.

I created the map of America in the main graphic to present the number of the FTZs in each state. It is clear to see that I used the color from bright to dark to show the division of the state. The term for using the color from bright to dark is sequential palettes.I also highlight the part of the number on the Texas part to make it stand out.

The small graphic is to show the detail of the FTZs in Texas. I created the line of the highway and the city name to make them easy to find the city itself. For the color of the map, which I used the same color of the main map in order to keep the consistency.

The small pie chart is to present the top FTZ goods in Texas and how many are they by percentage. The color of the pie chart I used the same color I used in the U.S. graphic to make them look like family. I put the number on the pie chart is in order to let audiences clear see it.

I really enjoyed this experience and truly improved my skill on drawing, hope we can have more experience of using the pen tool in class in this semester.


The international trade with China

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The main chart is about to tell readers that how does the import and export of U.S. with China changes in last 16 years. I chose to use the bar chart to present the changes because the bar chart can show the changes easily and clearly based on every year. And, I used the positive and negative chart to show the huge difference between the import and export apparently. On the main chart, I used the third chart- line chart to represent the balance, which is the apparently negative number. The color I chose is blue and red because those two colors are pretty contractive and easy for readers to compare two colors. For the balance line, I chose to use the light color because I want this color to stand out from the red color.

The second chart is the pie chart, which to represent what many percentages of the total trade does each top 3 countries take. I chose the top 3 countries- China, Canada and Mexico. I used 2004 year-to-date to compare 2016 year-to-date to show that China is taking more percentages of the total trade than before. That supports the main topic that China is the top 1 trade partner of U.S. I put Canada, Mexico, and China in the same order in the different year that makes readers easier to compare between 2 years.

The third chart is the bar chart, which shows readers how many billions of dollars that top 5 export goods to China. Some name of the goods are pretty long so I figured out to put the name on the top of the chart. I used the blue color because it belongs to export. Also, I put the value behind each bar that makes audiences more convenient to read the graph.

The process of this work was stressful, but I was really enjoying it. I think there is something I still need to improve in the next work. Hope I can do better next time.