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Crime in NSW – MOOC wk 6 Exercise

7 December, 2012 Leave a comment

This post is the week 6 exercise for the Knight Centre for Journalism in the Americas Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) course on the Introduction of Infographics & Data Visualisation that I am currently working through.

The exercise is to design an interactive graphic using any data we want. I have chosen to use the statistics on crime in my home state of NSW. The data for this is freely available here.

Crime tends to get attention by itself, but is often sensationalised beyond what is a reasonable level. This graphic will aim to take the number of reported offences by local government area from 1995 up to 2011, and comparing it to population data, assess whether there is more or less crime in any given area. The opening page will ask the reader to guess whether they think the rate of crime has increased/ decreased over that time but will not make a direct comparison to the readers guess (why hurt their feelings?).

This becomes their entry then into being able to see the different slices of the data – so for different geography & types of crime.

A map of NSW will be the main element of the view. A trend chart and a bar chart would be used on the bottom and side of the map to provide further detail. Some additional automated text would then provide specific details. There would also be an option to change over the map to a grouped set of column charts to show different geographies.

A slider for time would be used as the controller and filter – the bar chart for offences would be filtered to the selected year, but the trend chart would have an indicator to show where the year was up to.

If I had more resources I would aim to source local and state news articles showing reporting in the media of the major crime in each area for each year of data. I would then include that specific article/ image as an annotation available to the reader at the most detailed level.

I have tried to have a play in Tableau to see how close I could get to the look, but it wasn’t close enough for my liking so I have used a screenshot of the Tableau Dashboard as the main item to describe my design, rather than upload the interactive to Tableau Public.  My full design is here –  Crime in NSW Interactive Design – Wk6 Task.

Categories: Competition Entry

Unemployment in the US for MOOC Course

26 November, 2012 Leave a comment

This post is the week 4 exercise for the Knight Centre for Journalism in the Americas Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) course on the Introduction of Infographics & Data Visualisation that I am currently working through.

The exercise is design an interactive graphic using the US unemployment data by state that was recently published by the Guardian Data Blog. (the data is here).

My point of view is that unemployment is a statistic that gets lots more airtime in the news than it should. It is a statistic which can hide an incredible amount of the depth of what is really going on. Commentators from both sides (and neutrals) can use the same sets of unemployment statistics in support of their point of view and so the message around a single figure can be just about anything – sometimes even for the same figure.

…So I shall make the goal to have my readers get a better understanding of what this often used statistic is hiding and why it isn’t trustworthy as a single figure… The aim will be to use the US state data as a backdrop to this, by showing unemployment rates with the data behind them.

Effectively we will try to appeal to people to see the story behind the story, being able to intelligently question what they are told – and probably find a story that better suits their world view.

To do this effectively I would seek a range of secondary statistics by state. I am going to assume that most of these would be available rather than specifically sourcing each one at this point.

My design is here.

Categories: Competition Entry

Aid Transparency Exercise for MOOC

18 November, 2012 Leave a comment

This post is an exercise for a Knight Centre for Journalism in the Americas Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) course on the Introduction of Infographics & Data Visualisation that I am currently working through.

The exercise is to make some detailed sketches of an interactive graphic of your own design covering the data from the Aid Transparency Index – (data is here  , report is here ). The task asks you to imagine that you are pitching an idea to your boss the editor for the creation and publication of an interactive infographic using this data as the key element.

Awesome I think. Transparency & Aid. I could have got into either topic, but the 2 of them together should be great.
And then I looked at the data… I don’t really know the agencies involved. I was expecting Red Cross, Medicine Sans Frontiers, World Vision and others like that, but instead it’s the Australian Agency for International Development. I’m sure they do great work, but no idea who they are…
So ….lots of rather faceless large scale agencies and some data which tells me whether another rather unknown agency thinks they are playing by (their) rules on transparently providing aid.

So…since this is for a journalism based course…I thought…
…Maybe this should be about what the reader thinks is good transparent aid…

My design is all about letting the reader make their own choices and see what happens compared to the original Index.

Aid Transparency Index Inteactive Design – Wk3 Task

It has 3 pages.  Opening front page, small picture of main page with descriptions of the interactions, and a larger version of the main page.

Looking forward to everyone’s feedback.


PS. A touch rough around the edges…a little too much day job and other job work on at the minute…


Categories: Competition Entry


25 November, 2011 2 comments

PosterBrain are running a competition, but unfortunately entrants must come from the USA.

Rather than moan, I will just put together something very fast and very simple – which of course isn’t a real entry.

Yes. It is overly simple. No. It isn’t very graphical.

But it’s better than doing nothing…


PS. “An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” – Buddha


It pays to be funny

17 February, 2011 7 comments

Flowing Data have a challenge going on at the moment: Visualise This – TV’s Top Earners.

While I have an interest in these things I’m not a designer, I’m not a data scientist, and given the work I do, I only sort of qualify as an analyst anymore.
But that doesn’t stop me trying…

Let me know what you think of my entry.


“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” – W.C.Fields


PS. You should also check out Juice Analytic’s online visualisation tool, as well as their updated data set.

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