PROCESS INSTRUCTIONS (time required: 3-4 hours over two days): You are a volunteer at the Narragansett Bay Exploration Center. You are tasked with designing a personal consumption awareness poster as part of Environmental Conservation Month. They’ve asked you to draft a poster to be featured throughout the aquarium.
Purpose: Learn to make observations for exploring data visualizations
Audience: General public who may not be aware of their personal consumption.
Context: . A simple infographic (small poster 11″x17″) to be displayed at a distance of 5 feet away.
Day 1: Conduct research to find out your water or energy usage over a day.
Track: Observe your water or energy consumption over a day. Take note of any daily usage habits over one day. Create a list documenting how often these resources are used. Transfer your data to Google Sheets or Excel.
Research: Use estimations and calculations to determine your daily usage. For example, investigate common appliances at home or at school. Note how long you use water or energy for various tasks. Make estimates for common items or look them up online. There are many online references on how to calculatewater or energy consumption.
Explore your data in a Google or Excel spreadsheet. Experiment with using different chart styles to display the information using Google Spreadsheet. You will need to add extra rows or columns to your table to track your calculations. Create at least one bar chart, pie chart, and line chart. Think creatively about what the data means: Do you have any insights or theories about your usage of these resources? How much does this consumption cost? Is there any way to reduce this consumption? What are the most greedy or frugal activities/devices? How does this compare to people from other walks of life?
Create and compare at least TWO different graphs/charts of the same data with multiple variables that tell that story. Save them as images (.jpg or .png). Q. Which format does the best job of conveying helpful information?
Day 2: Transform the table of data into graphs, charts, and then an infographic
Decide what story you want to tell with your charts. Q, What type of imagery would be useful to include? Write down a call to action for your infographic. Q. What data do you use to support your message?
Keeping Tufte’s principles of good design in mind, select at least two of your charts and select imagery to create a single-page infographic. Sketch at least three thumbnail sketches showing how the elements may be laid out. You may have to customize your charts or use online infographic creators (e.g. infogram, vengage), which have more aesthetic offerings. Q. Describe how the visual narrative captures the cognitive thread.
Paste your images and charts into a single infographic (using Google Slides or Photoshop) Add annotations, including your call-to-action message. Export this slide as a high-resolution image.
Write a 500+ word blog post reflecting on your design process. Please answer the questions above, in addition to the usual questions: What problems did you encounter? What was your AHA moment? What would you do if you had more time?
Only describe the tools you used if they were not Google Sheets, Google Slides, Excel or Photoshop.
Include the following high-resolution, properly rotated images:
An image of your table showing raw data
One pie chart, line chart, pie chart from initial data exploration
Comparison of two different graphs/charts using the same data
3 (or more) thumbnail arrangement sketches
Final infographic 11″x17″ poster design containing charts and call-to-action
Citations to any images, calculators, and references you used.
Print and paste the final poster of your work in your sketchbook. Mark it up with things you’d like to change.
Fill out this checklist after you have completed your assignment and posted it in your Portfolio Blog:
For the next week, AS220 in Providence is hosting a pop-up gallery exhibition by Shepard Fairey. It’s a free event showcasing Fairey’s work, with his 100th mural displayed outside the venue. You can earn a Token byattending the exhibit and blogging about it (see below). You can earn an additional Token by creating a Shepard Fairey inspired work of your own and adding it to your blog post.
Time estimate: First Token: 1 hour 15 minutes (1 hour visit + 15 minute post) not including travel time to Providence. Second Token: 1 hour 15 minutes.