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Project 3 Deliverable 1

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I intend to design an application for employment for Greenville Journal. Having worked there, I have an idea of what they are looking for in an employee and will create an "intimate" application that actually gets to know the applicant. I'll use design strategies like hierarchy, proximity, color, font, etc. to create an organized, effective, and aesthetically pleasing form.

Ch. 4 Designing Information

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Proximity—If two things are close together in proximity, we associate them with each other. Things farther away are considered separate.

Organization— Easy to understand, appropriate use of space (negative and positive), little ambiguity, but also taking into consideration aesthetics.

Hierarchy— Logical ordering of information- from most important to least important.

Tufte ch. 3

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Tufte's best example of layering and separation is the comparison of maps on pg. 58.

He explains that when elements of a map/representation/etc are "at the same visual level with equal values, equal texture, equal color, and even nearly equal shape"...."an undifferentiated, unlayered surface results."

This quote demonstrates the results of a lack of layering and separation. Differentiation is necessary to avoid jumbling information and causing the message to disappear among the clutter.

Project 2 Deliverable 2

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I have decided to include data from many different sources, such as the Pew Research Center, The Newspaper Association of America, and The State of the Media. I will create an infographic sort of like the Information is Beautiful graphics, combining various forms of representation: bar graphs, pie charts, 2d pyramids, pictures with labeling, etc.

Envisioning Information Ch. 1

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One of the most important points Tufte makes is that clarity and simplicity do not mean a lack of knowledge, "simple-mindedness" as he puts it. The audience often knows more than the creator of the graph/structure/etc. thinks and therefore, "chartjunk" and cosmetic decoration will not be beneficial. They will only obscure the data. Straightforward information is better.

Cosmopolitan: Info Overload

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This map printed in Cosmo (March 2013) intends to tell which type of boy lives where based on surveys of 40,000 men in the U.S. Here we have what Katz calls "too little information" which unfortunately "takes up space and wastes energy."

There is so much information in that an entire page is used up with tons of text and a whole map of the U.S... yet, it's meaningless because there are no numbers.