Variations in US Unemployment Interactive Infographic Mock-up

Week 4 of Alberto Cairo’s Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization online course brought another interactive visualization mock-up assignment. The assignment was similar in structure to last week’s but using a different data set. This week, we were to use US unemployment data from the Guardian Data Blog.

It was a much easier topic to grapple with this week, but I found myself looking for a lot of additional data sets to help tell the story of how varied US unemployment is; from state to state, across industries, and how it correlates to education level. Note: Due to time limitations, I used fake data for some of the elements in the industry and education views, so don’t anyone take those charts as factual (I’m looking at you Fox News).

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2 Responses to Variations in US Unemployment Interactive Infographic Mock-up

  1. zaeneas November 25, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    What tool you use to draw these figures and configure the layout?
    I’m a newbie on data-visualization, so I want to know something about “how to do” .

  2. Jeff Bennett November 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    This particular work was primarily done in Apple Keynote as far as the visuals. But I used spreadsheet software such as Google Docs and Open Office almost as much. I also used Adobe Illustrator to bring all the pieces together.

    If you want to focus on one tool for drawing the visuals, I’d recommend focusing on Adobe Illustrator.

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