Unit 2 Reading
a. Chapter 2: Forms and Functions: Visualization as a Technology
– Summary: This chapter talks about the what an info graphic should do for the user. Should it answer a question? Compare 2 or more situations? Does it need to organize a topic so the viewer can comprehend the situation? On top of that should what would the reader want to know from the graphic? Ultimately this chapter expresses the need to think about the goals of the graphic you are making and what the user could hope to get from it.
– Take away: Formulating the goals of the graphic as much as possible helps determine the design of the info graphic.
b. Chapter 8 Creating Information Graphics pgs 153-181
-Summary: This chapter talks about the process of creating an info graphic. It specifically focuses on condensing the information that you collect down so that you can figure out a narrative for your graphic and build a structure based off of it. Also, sketching with rectangles could be a life saver in organizing your project.
– Take away: Build your info graphics based off of the path you want your viewer to step through.
Explain Cairo’s perspective on the phrase “form follows function”.
Cairo seems to think that form determines the function of an object. He talks about today’s slight skewing of the original point Sullivan was trying to make about the function of a things. We have taken his words and adopted the mentality that any design should be based on the user. Therefore the form must meet with the function in order to work for the user.
Explain Cairo’s perspective on bubble charts
Cairo dislikes bubbles. From a scientific perspective he disagrees with them because the human mind doesn’t really comprehend the size of the bubble so much as the height of it. Also, it’s difficult to see the actual numbers that are being used and if you add the numbers in as labels then the bubbles are just a waste of space anyway. The best time to use bubbles seems to be when you are comparing proportions, not numbers.