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I like the idea behind this visualization and I can understand why you chose not to add data or more writing to it. It would be really difficult to understand without an explanation, but your story made a lot of sense; you introduced the main idea early on, so the audience wasn’t left in the dark for too long.
All in all, I like the simplicity of the idea and the way you chose to show it. Perhaps you could work a bit more on the design part and make it look a bit more professional, but shinny and happy in the same time!
Thanks Carmen! Yeah, I definitely want to figure out how I can do something fun but more polished at the same time.
I found your chart specially interesting, since we were presenting the same type of story/data (personal sleeping rhythm) and still ended up using different kinds of visualisations. Your graph backed up your story really well (I’m sleeping during the night – or am I?), and was simple and clear. Only way I can think of to make it even more interesting, would be adding the actual sunrise/sunset times to it. Great job Sara!
Anna – Thanks for the suggestion! I didn’t even think about just noting the actual times on the graph. I had it stuck in my head that if I somehow showed sunrise/sunset it had to be in a line… and well, a straight line wouldn’t work there, haha. I wish I’d thought of that sooner – good call.
Your graph gives me interesting insights about how the stories, anecdotes, and all the qualitative data that we ethnographers often gather can be visualized to provide much simpler way to understand the emerging stories for the viewer. I would indeed be looking forward to more such representations. I like the idea.
Thanks Prashant – I’m glad that came across a bit in my graph. I was really trying to show a story about myself in the data and I’m happy that some of it came through.
I really like your design, that was very interesting! However, I think that maybe you can add some data in it( not all data),such as the time that you distinguish the daytime and nighttime. Because everybody’s understanding of day and night may be different, so I think some data can help readers to understand the exact meaning.
In addition, I like your idea about the moon and sun, and I’m think that if can use one moon and one sun to instead all the moons and suns.
Qi – that’s a great suggestion about the day and night times. I struggled with that a lot. I think you’re right that noting the actual times would have met the chart more effective. That’s also a good idea about the moons and the suns! I hadn’t considered that, but in retrospect I think it would have made the graph cleaner and more straightforward. Thanks!
I am really intrested in your picture, it is different from others, and give the intresting drawing to show your idea. But I got a little confused about your details,because you have not written the numbers or time. And I need to guess when you want to go to the bed? Good lucky, you will have a better job in the future!
Interesting link that seems relevant to this: http://www.opentopia.com/sunlightmaprect.html/sunlightmaphemi.html
I like the way you use to map things out, it’s very simple and shows two clear cluster and it’s really fun to see the overlapping
however, I have to say the text on the top is hard to read
and I have a question, what’s the reason behind choosing the size of the circles? and why circles?
Thanks for the response! You’re right, the text did shrink a lot on this version. On my version (and I guess when you click and view it larger) it’s a lot bigger but I definitely should have thought of that.
As for the shape and size of the circles… I was interested in creating a hot spot effect. I experimented with adding size as a dimension – having the circles be relative sizes to cost etc, but I didn’t like the effect in the end. I thought it made the diagram harder to understand.
I loved your map – it’s pretty, professional and polished. I like the fact that it inspires me to start building a story and to draw assumptions just based on where she buys different items. I was only wondering how you decided the radius of the circles?
Size of the circles is a great question. I wanted to create a hot spot effect and I wanted the circles themselves to overlap and show the areas where purchases were most concentrated. I decided not to change the radius of the circle by amount spent because when I tried that, I couldn’t get the proportions in the right scale. I was interesting in showing overlap and geographical scale and couldn’t manage to do that + convey meaning with the circle size. I think with some extra time and imagination I could have made it work though… Definitely a good thought for next time.
Very nice way to show data. I like that you chose a specific area (location) and focused on that, telling a neat and simple story of where Lisa does her purchases. Splitting the things she bought into categories makes it even more engaging and leave space for conversation. I love the colors you chose, they are very suitable with the person and creates a feel of simplicity and professionalism in the same time.
However, you might want to consider a different way of displaying the person’s name, as the word “Lisa” seems to be a bit too big and awkward looking under the map.
Thanks Carmen! You’re totally right about the name, haha. It seemed to fit a lot more when I was working in powerpoint and it showed up on its own slide – rather than just hanging there on the white background. I definitely should have thought about where and how the image was going to be displayed beforehand.
Nicely done, great color selection! Echoing Jin’s question, it might have been interesting to use the location indicators to convey a secondary layer of information e.g. value.
John, I think you Jay and Anna are onto something! Those circles could be a lot more useful if they conveyed a little more information. Thanks for the feedback.
Nice work, very clear and easy to understand! I love the colour you chose, as you said, I can see the top text clearly if I view it larger. However, I can’t see the word exactly of each colour in the map, maybe not need them because the colours are very distinct already.
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