AFR 303 Work Process
As I continue working on AFR 303, I want to document the typical work process I go through in order to create a graphic or graphic de-design. In this case, I was creating a graphic based off of a slide.
- Proportion of men in the static year of 2000 in jail vs. college
- The proportion of men as a dynamic between 1980 to 2000 in prison system vs. college
- The percentage of men who are ex-offenders 16-34 years old (young men are much more likely to go to jail.)
My first attempt at tackling all of this different info was to try and dump it on one slide with three separate unrelated graphs. I could sense going in that this would likely not work, but I was also hopeful that it could work if I tweaked it enough.
While it didn’t come out awful, it is a large load of information and there isn’t enough of a story going on in between each graph. You really want your graphs to tell a dynamic story as you follow along, especially when you have a collection of graphs like this.
Maddy assisted me in re-thinking these graphs and creating more of a cohesive story with them. Considering how the first two both tell similar information, and the range goes 1980-2000, we were able to come up with a story that tells “between 1980 and 2000” and then “by 2000.” The last one still wasn’t super related, but it works as a side-note at the end.
The problem here was the text. The text itself was quite small on this version, and would be hard to read for a professor looking at the powerpoint some distance away. To combat this, we decided to keep all three graphics on separate slides:
These are simple, but each graph can be seen clearly and is large enough to read. Additionally, the separation of each slide makes the last statistic less like a non-sequitur.
What I Learned:
- Try to avoid shoving tons of different graphics into one slide
- Try to combine graphics into one narrative or metric if possible
- Always try and tell a story with the graphics
- Don’t be afraid to use multiple slides if it will ultimately work better
Other Graphics Made Recently
Here are some other graphics I created recently for AFR:
Stay tuned for more processes!