I had a great time speaking today at the AIGA Pivot design conference about how we approach data visualization and information graphics at The Times.
I’ve posted the slides from my presentation as a PDF. Links to the interactives I mentioned are below.
Often, when you get data that is organized by geography — say, for example, food stamp rates in every county, high school graduation rates in every state, election results in every House district, racial and ethnic distributions in each census tract — the impulse is since the data CAN be mapped, the best way to present the data MUST be a map. You plug the data into ArcView, join it up with a shapefile, export to Illustrator, clean up the styles and voilà! Instant graphic ready to be published.
And in many cases, that’s the right call.
Just pushed out a little update to my Illustrator artboard and layer exporter script that adds JPG and EPS as export options. Read about how the script works and download it here: MultiExporter.jsx