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Module 11: Work

Sorry for the delay on this post. Had some technical issues to overcome. I have completed my visuals, and now they are ready to be used for a presentation. They are geographical maps that each carry out the task of identifying how many historical sites are in each U.S. state, and each U.S. county. Some of them simply list the number of historical sites, while others compare the number of historical sites in each state/county to their respective populations by a factor of 100,000.

Interactively speaking they all feature sliders that allow the user to determine a numeric range on each map. This feature is a simple, clean, and easy way for the user to narrow down just how many sites are in each location, especially on the county level where the maps tend to become complicated. I have also included annotations, which will be visible during the Week 13 conference, but I would like to hide them so that they do not produce too much of a distraction for the user. I would like to make it so that the user needs to click on a button or tab or something to reveal the annotations.

The visual style looks great in my opinion. I chose a green motif for the maps that depict the number of historical sites by themselves, as the website for the New York State Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation carries a green theme. The population-based maps carry a blue motif considering the U.S. Census website is also blue. These colors are easy to see, and work great as their shades show different values.

Lastly, the argument that corresponds to this data explains why some N.Y. counties contain a disproportionately high concentration of historical sites. Some can simply be attributed to a low population, but others require more of an explanation than what the maps show. As of now, I am still looking for that answer.

2 replies on “Module 11: Work”

Sorry for the late reply. I couldn’t think of how to effectively hide them, but that’s ok. They mainly serve to provide some context information about the visuals themselves more so than context information surrounding the main argument.

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