Ch 1 Tufte

I believe the most important concept mentioned in Ch. 1 is the idea of tabular arrays of numbers (data entries). The viewer is able to absorb a lot of information in a straight forward and easy way. The best example they give is the Law School aptitude test percentile. It shows GPA and LSAT scores. This type of information display is still used frequently. I saw it used a lot when I was applying to college. The graphs would show me the average GPA range, and the acceptance percentage to a particular college. It was very helpful and interesting to see.

Business Information

I have decided to try and do a comparison of Southeastern states and their business patterns. I have decided to do this because it seems that a lot of the better paying businesses are in the north. I, however, refuse to work up north and would like to study and see what states in the southeast have a booming business with average to above average pay. I will try and make a creative chart with southern flare. I will be using the census.gov site for my statistics.

http://www.census.gov/cbdmap/

Envisioning Information- Chapter One

I think the most important principle mentioned in Chapter One is that of small multiple. This means that the same design structure is repeated for all of the images. Tufte says, "Once viewers decode and comprehend the design for one slice of data,they have familiar access to data in all the other slices" (29). He also notes that the consistency in the design allows the viewers to focus on changes in the information rather than the graphical changes. He uses an example of air pollution, but this also applys to the LSAT table.

Tufte Chapter 1 - Most Important Principle

I believe the most important principle in Chapter 1 of Tufte's Envisioning Information to be the concept of "multiple-function" discussed on page 26. This concept explains how several variables relating to a specific topic can be organized within a matrix like table. The example alluded to is a Japanese train schedule which "served as an internal planning document for the Java Railroad" (26). Essentially, the table functions as a schedule and timetable for eight types of trains.

Online Privacy

For my project, I have chosen the topic of online privacy between teens and parents. I'm going to focus on why parents are so concerned about their children's activities online as well as their level of concernment in various categories. This topic interests me because it has the potential to bring forward awareness to the things that deserve concern online and the percentages of the various categories can also tell something about our society today.

Cell Phone Activities Over Time

The focus of my project is a study done by Pew Internet & American Life Project, comparing the percentages of cell phone users who perform different activities on their phone over time, from 2007 to 2012.

The eight cell phone activities are:
1. Take a picture
2. Texting
3. Access Internet
4. E-mail
5. Record Video
6. Download Apps
7. Health Information
8. Check Bank Account

Envisioning Information- Most Important Principle

In my opinion, the most important principle in Chapter 1 is the the arrangement of the the graph at the top of page 28. It depicts an ocean-eye view of Japan, documenting the weather forecasts for 15 areas in Japan. The images next to each city's name are extremely helpful because they are applicable specifically to visual learners. The design is very readable and it helps me understand information design because it shows the importance of organization in a design. This graph is very effective because of the organization of its design.

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