Assignment #1: Inspirational Visualization Images
We are surrounded by examples of visualization in every form of
media in our everyday lives. An effective visualization will quickly
and accurately convey important information in a compact manner that
is easy to understand, interpret, and analyze. In contrast, a poor
quality visualization can be confusing, hard to interpret, or even
Why are you interested in taking this course, "Interactive
Visualization"? What visualizations are particularly inspiring to
you? Find two example visualization images -- one example that you
think is a great visualization and one example that you think needs
significant revision to be effective. Please limit yourself to single
static image visualizations for this assignment.
For each example:
Document the author of the visualization (formal & detailed
A short paragraph describing the context, original media format,
target audience, and purpose of the visualization.
A longer paragraph with your analysis of the strengths and weaknesses
of the visualization. What generalizations can you draw from this
example about what makes a compelling, high-quality visualization?
How specifically could this visualization be improved?
Your assignment should be formatted as either:
separate image files (.png or .jpg) or links (URLs) to the original image
.pdf with embedded images.
How to Submit
Log on to LMS and upload the two images and your writeup to the
"Assignment #1 Inspirational Visualization Images" discussion.
Look at your fellow students' posts for this assignment. Post
thoughtful comments on the posts of at least 2 other students. (Let's
try to spread the comments out so that every post has at least one
Send email to
the instructor if you cannot access the course page in LMS.