University of Cumberlands Forensic Design Question

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  1. Select an example of a visualization or infographic, maybe your own work or that of others. The task is to undertake a deep, detailed ‘forensic’ assessment of the design choices made across each of the five layers of the chosen visualization’s anatomy. In each case, your assessment is only concerned with one design layer at a time. For this task, take a close look at the annotation choices:
    Label each of the 4 sections in your document
    1. Start by identifying all the annotation features deployed, listing them under the headers of either project or chart annotation
    2. How suitable are the choices and deployment of these annotation features? If they are not, what do you think they should have been?
    3. Go through the set of ‘Influencing factors’ from the latter section of the book’s chapter to help shape your assessment and to possibly inform how you might tackle this design layer differently
    4. Also, considering the range of potential annotation features, what would you do differently or additionally?
    Submit a three-page document answering all of the questions above. Be sure to show the visualization first and then thoroughly answer the above questions. Ensure that there are at least two-peer reviewed sources utilized this week to support your work.

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Forensic Design Assessment

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Chart Annotations
Annotations refer to extra information that is related to a particular aspect of a design.
They help the audience to comprehend and interpret the visualization correctly. Besides,
annotations help to ensure that graphs bring information clarity portrayed by a visualization
design. Designers can use several approaches to incorporate annotations to any chart, including
captions, labels, and legends. Furthermore, color coding is used to connect visualization dots
(Kirk, 2016). The deployment of colors during data visualizations aids to explain the connection
which represents data in a project. For this assignment, I examined the design produced by the
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology (AGBM), "Highest Max Temperatures in
Australia." I studied how the visualization used color to improve the chart's structure at a chart
and project level with this design. Ideally, the color was used to enhance the effectiveness of the
visual by aiding the audience to establish an emotional attachment with the chart while capturing
the audience's attention. Additionally, the color can be used to enhance the audience's ability to
interpret and differentiate different variables included in the chart. The below visualization

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