Consider ways of telling stories about quantitative and qualitative information, and observe your own use of digital/networked media.
Part I: Observation
Spend 72 hours observing and taking notes on your use of social media, screen-based communications, or the web. You might look narrowly—one service or site—or at a whole category. Be able to express your 72 hours in three or more variables.
You could also do longer than 72 hours, perhaps looking at past data.
Example combinations of variables:
- When you checked Facebook, on which device, and how you felt afterwards
- What websites you visited, what time of day, and how much homework you accomplished
- Which friends you chatted with by text message, where you were at the time, and how long you’ve known them
Part II: Making
Create an information graphic that tells the story of your 72 hours.
- Full color or black and white.
- Trim size: either 11×17 in. (a tabloid sheet) or 10×16 in. (tabloid, trimmed down for bleed on four sides), horizontal or vertical.
- Present a printed, full-size sheet for final and semifinal critiques, and turn in a PDF.
- For fonts, use only Myriad, DIN, Adobe Garamond, Helvetica, Helvetica Neue, Jenson, News Gothic, Source Sans Pro, Source Code Pro, Trade Gothic, Bodoni, Caslon, or Franklin Gothic.