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Peer Review_ Blasi

Peer Review of Individual Projects (Quantitative)

Author Name: Chelsie Messenger
Reviewer Name: Elizabeth Blasi
Title of Project: Access to School Technology

Directions: Reviewers should try to be as specific and thorough as possible in their review. When completed, print and deliver this review to the author. As time allows, teams of reviewers should discuss their reviews as a group, with authors asking questions or eliciting feedback on specific aspects of the project

The Information Graphic

1. What does the information graphic show? (Summarize it in your own words)
The information graphic shows the percent of US schools with Internet access compared to cities, towns, and country overtime. As well as showing the number of school computers in the United States in cities, towns, and country over time as well.

2. What two qualities of the information graphic stand out the most? Explain.
The colorings, as well as the originality of the first graph are two qualities that stand out the most. The way the information is displayed with circular graphs is very cool!

3. Has the author provided good quality images?
Graphs are high-end quality images, they’re not too sharp but that adds to the information graphic.

The Data

3. Is it clear what the data shows? If not, what additional information is needed? If so, explain why it works well or what adjustments could be made to make it work better.
It is very clear in the first graph the statistics but the second graph leads the reader to guess a relative number. Maybe following the graph vertically has the exact number listed in each bar.

4. Is the data source clearly identified?
The work is not cited so maybe add that to your information graphic.

5. Does the visual representation of the data make it more understandable or persuasive? Explain why or why not.
The graphs do a great job at clearly demonstrating the information.

Labeling, Titles, Typography

6. Has the author used text effectively to explain the data? Do all graphics have captions? Are legends provided where needed?
Yes! The minimalistic text actually lets the graphs speak for themselves making it both informative and aesthetically appealing.

7. Comment on the use of typography in the information graphic. Is it used consistently? Is it clearly readable?
There are two different graphs but the style and coloring of each pull them together very nicely.

Suggestions for Revision

8. Identify the most important thing the author can do to improve the information graphic.
The only recommendation I have for the graph is adding exact numbers to the bar graph and capitalizing the first word in each text both on the graph and describing the graph.

Peer Review of Project 2

1. The information graphic shows the progression of U.S. schools ability to have Internet access, as well as computers, since year 2000.

2. I think it's easy to decipher between the categories due to good use of color. I also think the visual of circles to illustrate percentages makes it easy for the audience to understand.

3. The author absolutely uses good quality images.

3. (continued) I'm a little confused about what defines a city verses a town, but that's probably something that I think I just struggle with, haha. However, the progression and main idea is crystal clear. The second graph's intention is clear as well, but I'm left to determine for myself exactly how many computers there are.

4. There doesn't appear to be a data source mentioned yet.

5. The visual representation make the information very clear to understand. I'm not persuaded by any means, but I don't think that's the author's intention anyway.

6. I just wish the author explained the difference between towns and cities, just so he audience knows exactly what we're comparing. Perhaps a legend would help to clarify this. Otherwise, the concept is very clearly demonstrated and effective.

7. I think the typography is effective and simple. I wouldn't change a thing.

8. My only recommendations would be to clearly define the categories being compared in the graphs, as well as making it easier for the audience to determine more easily how many computers/schools there are.