CS 795/895 - Information Visualization
Fall 2011: Thurs 9:30am-12:15pm, E&CS 2120

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Tableau's data visualization software is provided through the Tableau for Teaching program.

Homework 5: Re-creating Existing Visualization

Assigned: Oct 13, 2011
Due: Nov 3, 2011 by 11:59pm - extended to Nov 10, 2011 by 11:59pm


One good way to learn a new language or tool is to use it to re-implement something that already works.

For this assignment, you'll do something similar to what Nathan Yau did to learn the new d3 toolkit. Nathan liked the New York Times graphic How Different Groups Spend Their Day and decided to re-create it using d3. Here's his blog post about his experience.

Your assignment is to take an existing visualization that you like and re-create it using a toolkit that we've discussed.

The key is to find a visualization that has a link to the original data source. I've suggested several visualizations from the Flowing Data blog since he includes links to the original data. Feel free to find your own visualization to re-create - it does not need to be interactive.

Suggested visualizations:

Suggested toolkits:

Note that you don't have to re-create the visualization exactly, but take the same data and develop a similar visualization.

Write a short report on your experience. Similar to Nathan Yau's blog post, include your impression of the toolkit that you used, problems you faced, tips/tricks for others new to the toolkit. Also describe any changes you made to the original visualization (make sure that you include a link to the original visualization).


Put your visualization and report on a webpage and submit the URL.


I will grade the assignment based on the quality of the developed visualization (how close it is to the original - meaning, does it allow the user to answer/ask the same questions as the original?) and the quality of your report.