Designing Data Visualizations: Getting Started with Processing

Nicholas Felton, Information Designer

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16 Lessons (1h 33m)
    • 1. Introduction

      3:03
    • 2. Your Assignment

      1:13
    • 3. How Processing Works

      8:39
    • 4. Geometry of Maps

      5:16
    • 5. Exporting Data to CSV

      5:17
    • 6. New File Syntax and Data Folder

      4:17
    • 7. Importing SVG

      5:52
    • 8. Drawing Markers

      4:48
    • 9. Importing and Parsing Data

      7:10
    • 10. Converting lat/long to Screen Coordinates

      9:58
    • 11. Connecting Markers to Data

      5:34
    • 12. Labeling Markers

      7:48
    • 13. Making a PDF

      7:30
    • 14. Cleaning Up

      7:34
    • 15. Typography

      6:06
    • 16. Conclusion

      3:20
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Project Description

Visualize a large set of meteorite strikes as a map

ASSIGNMENT

Your assignment will be to transform a spreadsheet describing 34,000 meteor strikes into a visualization that places each event on the map with a marker scaled to reflect the relative sizes of the meteorites. You’ll be using both Processing and Adobe Illustrator to work through the data set that I’ve provided below for the class. You’ll find additional data in the spreadsheet that you can use to take your map further, such as color coding the years the strikes happened.

DELIVERABLE

Upload a PNG or JPEG of your final map exported from Illustrator to the project gallery.

SAMPLE PROJECT

Here's how my map turned out for this assignment

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RESOURCES

  • Assets for Class Assignment – Meteorite Data Google Spreadsheet, and download the world map PNG file below, download Processing here

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