As we are meant to be looking at different ways of visually communicating data in Imaging and Data Visualization I thought this video was very relevant to our project. Especially as we are creating visual representations of the amount of executions which have taken place in the world from 2007 to 2013.
I looked at several differing examples of how images are used to share data and I fly that keeping a fairly stylized look to the lay out of my graphs would work best for me.
I created two graphs, one showing the statistics of executions in each country and the total number of execution globally to show the scale of the executions and then a second graph showing how many countries had abolished executions and which years executions had been abolished in. I did this to high light what I think are the two most important areas when it comes to the Death Penalty, firstly the sheer number of people who are being executed, and secondly the number of countries who have come to realize that execution is too extreme a method of retribution.
In order to try and make my graphs as attractive to an audience as possible I showed a group of people different types of graph, pie charts, scatter graphs and 3d surface graphs. 8 out of 12 in the group preferred the donut graphs and thought they were easier to read and simply looked more appealing.
A graph for Imaging and Data Visualisation which shows the countries he have chosen to Abolish the death penalty and executions and the year each place whose to do it.
A graph for Imaging and Dat Visualtion which shows the total number of executions which have taken place and shows a representation of how much each place has contributed to this total number, except for China Who’s numbers were too high.
In the book Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information, Manuel Lima shows examples of almost three hundred pieces of information design. Showing representations of networks of followers on Twitter and the eighty-five recorded covers of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” as well as giving us images showing the interconnections between members of the Al Queda network and even representations of interactions among proteins in a human cell.
I wanted to try illustrating a cover for one of my favorite books as well as the Skulduggery Pleasant series.