Project 1: Qualitative Issues: Perceptions, Conventions, Proximity


Identify one rich and complex example of information design for analysis using the terms and principles from Chapter 2 ("Qualitative Issues: Perceptions, Conventions, Proximity") of Designing Information. Your analysis should apply at least three of the principles discussed in the chapter, which include the following:

  • use of lines
  • shape
  • form
  • color
  • labeling
  • connections
  • notation
  • time
  • point of view
  • navigation
  • interpretation

Your example for analysis should be one that can be viewed on a single screen or page, such as an information graphic, poster, flyer, book cover, or website front page. At the start of your analysis, you should include an image of the example and then some background information about its context. Your analysis should include screenshots, images, close-ups and whatever other visual content may be necessary to understand your analsysis or the basis of your conclusions. In your interpretation and conclusions, you should be sure to comment on whether the visualization of information has accurately represented the subject matter. The length of the analysis, in terms of word count, should be about 1,000 words, which may include narrative, annotations, and captions. You can use the presentation of content in Designing Information for your inspiration (i.e., layout) or other scheme that you devise.

The World As The United States Sees It

In the following picture, the artist does a detailed job labeling the different parts of the World as America sees it. This makes the picture more humorous as well as believable. Along with the labeling, the shapes of the continents and coloring also are very effective tools in this photograph.

Seating Arrangement at a Concert

This image uses shapes in a positive way because it shows the seating arrangement of the North Charleston Coliseum in South Carolina in an organized way. Each box represents a section of seats and the sizes of each box are different. For example, the yellow boxes in the upper deck are bigger than the pink and orange ones. By designing this picture with differently shaped boxes, the viewers are able to better decide which tickets they want to buy.

Week 5, Effective Map of Relations

This chart printed in People Magazine showing the "evolution" of Taylor Swift's boyfriend choices is comically effective in showing who and when she dated each person. The chart uses "second generation labeling" by using a line to connect each figure with the name and stats. The shapes of each person (starting from crouching and moving to an upright position) indicate the progression of boyfriends to the present day.