My firm, Graphicacy, creates a line of large-format, elaborate information art posters called Timeplots. With information designer Youyou Zhou, we visualized the 2016 Federal Discretionary Budget proposed by the Obama Administration. We wanted to show the budget is a reflection of our values, as evidenced by the giant circle for the Defense budget and an even larger circle for the National Debt, lurking in the background.
- Graphicacy: Youyou Zhou, information designer
- Jess Bachmann, original design
The Notes below, composed by Will Merrow of Graphicacy, are relevant for this visual choices that go into the data visualizations for the poster and our plans for future posters.
What type of charts do we want to show?
- Radial/pie chart
- Treemap or heatmap (perhaps arranged in an interesting shape/pattern?)
- Vertical sankey/flow
- Bubbles (similar to previous year)
- Any chart could be accompanied by a slope chart or a bar chart to show context.
- Probably don't want to do packed bubbles or a simple treemap.
- What will people buy to hang on their wall?
- Can we keep the debt on the poster somehow (without being the dominant story)?
Concepts → Blueprint
- Youyou and I had an R script that parsed the budget request data.
- Each department and agency was run through R to generate bubbles in a straight line.
- I then hmade a master Illustrator template, took the bubbles, arranged them into the spirals, styled the labels and added the images.
I wondered if there is an easier way to do this just using Tableau? If we agreed upon one master data file, we could make a bubble chart grid for everything, which could be re-arranged more easily.
Or D3? We have been discussing a version that would be in D3, and then we could always get SVG assets from that...