Fusion Table blanton

This pie chart illustrates total donation amounts by city to the Kickstarter project. I decided to visualize the data by doing a sum function in Google Sheets, exporting those numbers to another sheet, and then pop it in with a pie chart in Fusion Tables. The software automatically geocoded everything as well, which I found kind of odd.

Assignment for 3/10

1) One person from your group should email me by noon Thursday with a report on your project. Whoever emails me should copy the other two group members. While informal, report should include specific inquiries you’ve made, databases you’ve found, correlations you’ve considered (if any) and other models you’ve discovered. What do you like/not like about those models? How might your story/approach be similar/differ?

2) Using Google Sheets and Fusion Tables, figure out an interesting way to visualize this spreadsheet of people who supported this Kickstarter project. Then, embed the visualization in a blog post on jn430.ua.edu. Publish the post and email me the link. Do this before noon on Thursday.

3) Read Jeff Shaffer’s post on some finer points of data visualization and then publish a comment on this blog post in which you highlight something interesting/helpful from Jeff’s post.

Assignment for Tuesday 2/23

1) Read chapter from the Data Journalism Handbook about understanding data and visualizing data. Also, read the intro and chapter 1 of Alberto Cairo’s The Functional Art. In the comments section of this post, explain what you think Cairo means when he writes that “the first and main goal of any graphic or visualization is to be a tool for your eyes and brain to perceive what lies beyond their natural reach.”

2) Here is Quiz #2. Finish the quiz before Monday 2/22 at 7 p.m.