As part of SVA IxD summer intensive course taught by Christopher Cannon, I explored the diversity of design studios in New York through data.
As the first step of the project, I decided on using the data from an existing data visualization project for design studios in NYC called Image of the Studio. I chose to redesign an existing data visualization project after having been exposed to the idea of redesign as constructive criticism in data visualization. The Image of the Studio project was the perfect target for my redesign, as it was beautifully done and incredibly thorough, but difficult to digest at times because of the site organization and the large breadth of topics. I sought to focus on just a few areas and to lay out the visualizations in a linear arrangement for a more succinct and digestible story.
Inspired by "The Book of Circles" by Manuel Lima, I found myself gravitating towards using circles to depict the various studios. I first sketched out some of my ideas. I then explored various tools before settling on RAWGraphs to create the basic charts that I would then go and add visual design to using Adobe Illustrator.
While I wanted to add visual attraction to the information, I didn't want to distract from the data itself. I decided to add limited color and a clean font, Akkurat, so as to not distract from the data. I made sure to add annotations and text to tell a holistic story.
Though the final product was a static visualization that could be for a print article story, I envision the project could be read in a variety of settings in a multitude of ways. As an interactive viualization, the circles could animate between the different charts with a click of a button. The individual charts as more mass producible and sharable mediums would be effective in raising awareness of the diversity and issues among design studios.