Google Street View

Google Street View diagram
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For my diagram project, I had originally intended to do a diagram over the depths that humans, or human-made objects, had reached. However, this turned out to be a little too broad for this project, and a bit out of my skill set. So, instead, I came up with the idea to do something over Google Street View, an idea that originated from our second-to-last class session.

Like with my previous projects, I chose to use BentonSans as my main font throughout the design. I really like the way it looks, and how many different options there are within the typeface. For the main body copy, I used Book at 9 points, a slight change from the 8 points I have utilized before, as I think 9 points is just a little more legible. Otherwise, my type choices have remained the same.

The main image is an illustration of a Google Street car driving down a city street. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the illustrations, but I do think they could have been a bit more detailed. To the right, I have three blue boxes with smaller illustrations and texts further describing how Google Street View works. I chose the light blue color because it is a nice contrast to the darker blue and red buildings behind them. The first image is a closer look at the Street View camera, the second is of three Polaroids that have been “stitched” together with thread to symbolize the way the images captured by the Street View cameras are “stitched” together to create a single image. The third image is a small map graphic with a map pin to show that Street View can take the user practically anywhere.

Overall, I’m happy with what I came up with, especially since I took so long to settle on an idea for this project. Once I had my idea, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, and I think my vision came through pretty nicely.

The cost of college

The cost of in-state college tuition and fees
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For this project, I decided to take an in-depth look at the cost of in-state colleges around the country. I was surprised to see the amount of variation from state-to-state. Even more surprising still was the fact that the rate of increase of tuition and fees varies from state-to-state as well. The average cost of tuition in nearly every state has grown significantly over the past decade or so, some even doubling in cost. Only one state, the state of Ohio, actually managed to reduce the average price of its tuition.

As for the design of my graphic, I’m overall happy with what came to be. Even though I was sick during the few days before the project was due, I think I managed to put together a decently solid graphic.

For the main image, I chose to utilize a choropleth to show the varying growths between states. I used a warm color scale to differentiate between them. The lower the percentage of growth, the lighter the color, and vice versa.

For my second chart, I decided to try my hand at using the 3D rotate tactic we had learned in class. I used it to take a closer look at various public Indiana colleges. I kept with the warm color theme from the first chart and used a deep orange color for the bars representing the cost of tuition and fees for each university. My last chart is just a simple bar graph showing what states have the most expensive average cost of tuition and fees. I added this just to give a bit more variety to the graphic, as well as add another layer of information relating to college costs.

For the entire graphic, I used variations of the BentonSans family. I really just like the way BentonSans looks, so I have been using it for all of our assignments and participation throughout the semester.

As for what I would do differently, I would definitely take another look at better aligning my captions. The caption for my 3D map just feels very out of place to me, and I would nudge it over towards the right if it were to be published somewhere.

Though there are some things I would definitely change, I’m pretty happy with the outcome of our maps projects.

The Nobel Prize and Gender

Caitlin Seitz's chart graphic
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Overall, I am very pleased with the outcome of my first Infographics project. It was a lot of hard work putting together the charts and the data, but it was well worth it to see the end product. As happy as I am with it overall, there are a few final touches that I would like to add.

I chose to do my project on the number of female Nobel Prize winners (or lack thereof) compared to the number of men who have been awarded the Nobel Prize. The sheer difference in numbers is astonishing, and something that is very interesting to me, so it was fun to research. I did, however, have to piece a lot of the data together myself. So, as we’ve said in class, the fruit wasn’t hanging very low. I did thankfully find a spreadsheet containing the names and categories of all winners from 1901-2014, but I had to go in and add up the number of men and women, and calculate the necessary data. It was a process, but I don’t regret my choice of topic.

As for my actual project, my graphs and such actually came out very nicely. I would like to go back and fix some of the alignments of the words and such, but that is really the only big issue I see. Specifically, I would like to fix the numbers indicating the number of female Prize winners over the bars in my main chart. They’re just a little off-center, but the more I look at them, the more I wish I would have noticed and fixed them before turning in my project.

I chose to use blue and a yellow-ish/gold for my main colours. I chose blue because it is a colour used frequently on the official Nobel Prize website, and I chose gold because it contrasts nicely and could be associated with the ‘gold’ of the Nobel Prize. I chose to use the BentonSans family for my project, as I’ve been using it in class for all of our assignments so far and I really like the look of it. I used book style for the main paragraphs because they are easy to read, and I used bold and medium styles for the graphic titles so that they would standout. For my callouts, source, and notes, I used BentonSansComp/Cond to save space and set them apart from the other words.

Overall, I am very happy with how everything turned out and I look forward to growing my skill set and working on further projects.