VisInfo Prj4

Final Graphs

Typography: Open Sans

Children Meeting Physical Activity and Screen Time Guidelines
Average Daily Screen Time (by activity)
Yearly Trends (Salisha)
Parents Knowledge of Physical Activity Guidelines
Untitled (Salisha) 
Amount of Parents that Frequently Play with Their Children 
Schools that don’t Mandate Physical Activity 

Main Graph

  • Parent’s knowledge of physical activity guidelines -> map graph (Malcolm)
    • Looking at the 1 hour percentage

Supporting Material: Current Statistics

Supporting Material: Barriers to Physical Activity

Solution (not graphs, it’s just apart of the overall narrative with an image)

  • Parents spending more time being active increases physical activity in children 
  • Parents spending less time on their phones decreases screen time in children 
  • (Visualization could show a parent doing some fun activity with their kid)

Possible visualizations

  • Sports & Screen icons -> .PNG files on Adobe Stock?
  • Setting -> Could be set in a playground, a school, backyard?
  • Maybe there is no setting (save the background style as one of the last things to do)


Statistics Canada:

Health behaviour in school-aged children 2002, student response to question: In the last 6 months, how often have you had the following symptoms?

Health characteristics of children and youth aged 1 to 17 years, Canadian Health Survey on Children and Youth 2019

Functional difficulties for children aged 2 to 4 years, Canadian Health Survey on Children and Youth 2019 (Rowan)

Canada’s population since 1960(Rowan)

Population providing care to a family member or friend with a long-term illness, disability or aging needs by sex and presence of children under 18 years in the household

Children’s participation in physical activities, in hours per week, by sex, household population aged 6 to 17, 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey – Nutrition, Canada and provinces

Time spent providing care to a family member or friend with a long-term illness, disability or aging needs by sex and presence of children under 18 years in the household (Malcolm)

Perceived health, by age group (Malcolm)

Selected mental health, economic and education indicators to better understand the impact of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic on children (various reference periods)

The State of the World’s Children 2021

This site has quite a bit of information but it’s for the US

This site has a lot of useful links

There are a lot of mini datasets that can be easily combined

Topics that should have useful datasets but I have been unable to find

  • Nicotine or tobacco use among youth in canada
  • Eating disorders among youth in canada


Datasets to look at for the project:

Most useful chart, where we can use it as reference for making a trend graph.

Activity 11.1: 

Our group brainstormed possible topics for our mega map based on the graphs we worked on in project three. The topic we decided on is healthy living for children. The tasks needed to complete this goal are finding suitable datasets, creating individual graphs, and combining graphs into one unified visualization.

Activity 11.2: 

Identifying the audience:

  • People within the parent age range (people who are newly parents)
  • People who work with children 
  • Also child-appropriate(?) (who factor into the visualization)

Guide for Personas

  • Name: Melissa Parker
  • Age: 38 (still hip with the youth lol hahaha!!!)
  • Occupation: Business Analyst 
  • Status: Married
  • Lives in: Toronto, Ontario
  • Goal: For her children to outlive her. Promote healthy habits at a young age.
  • Frustrations: All the misinformation, and doesn’t know what to believe. Example; vaccines on COVID-19 misleading..
  • Behaviour traits: Helicopter parent
  • Background: A mother of two children, ages 7 & 14. She works remotely and her partner works outside of the house, and is concerned about her children’s health and isn’t knowledgeable when it comes to maintaining it to a healthier style. In the past, she wasn’t the best having a good health routine and fitness plan and doesn’t want the same thing to happen to her kids. 

User requirements:

Activity 11.3: 

General narrative: There is something going wrong, and action is required

  • Starting off with the obesity found in children
    • There is more health concerns now, things are getting worse
    • How to improve it. 
    • Effects how changing one thing affect the other

Reference Images: 

Final Datasets

From Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute bar graph? (Table 2)

  • Children spend far more time on screens that they do being physically active 

From Government of Canada
  • Yearly trends for how well children are meeting guidelines

Activity Vs Sedentary time (Rowan) (Page 28)

From Statistics Canada 

  • Average amount of screen time by grade and gender followed by what screen time consists of – graph + icons (julia)

Not all group members contributed equally…


VisInfo Prj3


Best tool for exploring and analyzing data

  • Although Orange seems daily lightweight and competent at managing data, I think that the best tool for organizing and analyzing data will have to be Tableau as it allows you to export results as a PDF (Assuming that the PDF is vector based and can be edited using Adobe Illustrator)

Best tool for visualizing data

  • I have a strong preference for using Adobe Illustrator to visualize information, I am familiar with the software, enjoy using the application, and it offers limitless freedom in terms of presentation.
OrangeLightweightHighly modularLimited or difficult to learn visual controlsComplexUnintuitive UI
TableauEasy to useAbility to export to PDFCostly
IllustratorComplete freedom of dataComplete visual controlI am familiar with the softwareTime consuming


Find a correlation in your data set

(Made using Tableau)

Interpret the findings

There is a clear relationship here. For commercial / institutional consumers and residential consumers gas consumption steadily declined. Industrial consumption of gas dropped in April, but remained relatively consistent after that point.


Explore normal distributions in your data set

(Generated using Orange)

I struggled to get normal distributions working in orange or tableau, I was turned off by the scripting and advanced math that popped up when I looked up how to do it. I suspect that the result is inaccurate, as I had expected a positive skewed mesokurtic curve. If it had just been the green and blue distributions it would have been a Leptokurtic curve. If it had just been industrial consumption it would have been closer to a platykurtic curve.

I don’t entirely understand the math behind normal curves, so my expectations may be wrong, although I see no reason why industrial consumption would occur so late. I wonder if the values are being accumulated between time periods and rather than occurring 5 times (the amount of time points) they occur less often.

Variables that are not normally distributed:

  • I would speculate that none of the variables are being displayed normally due to user error or ignorance. 

Why they are not normally distributed

  • One possible explanation is that the variables have been established wrong or contain values that are not properly recognized
  • Another possible reason is a failure of understanding mathematics and or a failure to establish proper commands. 
  • A third possible reason is that there was there is insufficient data points to properly establish a curve


History of Life Infographicjuanchit history of life earth infographics infography poster life timeline history information print data visualization infographic Data pacificolab

This graph communicates the chronology of life on earth.

  • It is easy to parse visually and get a general understanding. The data elements are visually distinct, communicate using symbols, and are unified within the piece to assume grouped elements.

Issues of communication

  • It is not visually immediately apparent that the numbers are in millions of years or that it is measured relative to current time. This could be solved by adding a ‘-’ (minus) in front of the reference number and a ‘M’ after to signify ‘million’.
  • There is also some confusion regarding the radial divisions, particularly the inclusion of ‘long ago’ that seems out of place and the black bards which could simply be replaced by the colour of the category.


Words related my topic:

  • Health
  • Life
  • Death
  • Well-being
  • Medicine

Words relating to personality of topic:

  • Formal
  • Scientific
  • Medical
  • Cold vs compassionate
  • Sterile

Made using Canva


(Death by causes in 2019 of Canadian residents)

This data set may have too many categories to be visually successful. Although it appears most successful in its third form. 

Skull and crossbones icon

Here is a visual representation of how the data could be displayed

8.1 Relational information

Sample entity relationship diagram for a healthcare organization 

Example medical relational data 

Here is what might appear or be included while looking at youth health relational data


Another example of relational health data visualized

Improving the class-level relational visual

A possible visualization of instance-level relations


An example of chronological data recording to the topic

An example of displaying the data would look like this

9.1 Trend Analysis

9.2 Map

Total population of canada represents maximum value, population of P&T is a value represented as a colour (0 = 0, 255 = maximum value);


Population of P&T displayed as size, (P/T size = population / total canada population)

9.3 Charting

For this I improved the sense of scale in my sketch, using the full visual range to display the information. 


VisNar Prj3 Process & Script

Topic: building a PC, a how-to (not) guide

Why: It’s a bad idea to explain why you should build your own PC in a short presentation

How: Computers are complicated, you don’t need to know them to use them

What: Computer parts

Why would you want to build your own computer anyway? For money? What even is money? Look at these graphs! It’s all made up!

Some people say that building a computer is fun but that’s ridiculous. Sports are fun. Movies are fun. Making fun of people that build computers is fun. Computers are not fun

Other people say building your own computer makes your videogames run harder. But as we all know gamers are bad. Videogames aren’t supposed to go hard. It’s in the name VIDEO game, the game should just play itself while you stare at your phone and briefly glance up. 

Pfft Building a computer is supposed to make you smarter at technology? C’mon, it’s all a lie. Computers don’t make sense. The people who say they understand computers are just lying because they want other nerds to think they’re smart.

What even is a computer? It’s a rock that thinks. All the other parts are just there so that companies can sell you more things!

Like they call this dumb sheet with lines on it a motherboard. Come on, they’re not even trying to make it sound believable. What do computers have to do with mothers?

Ram? That’s just a metal rectangle! They call it that because you probably have to ram it in there in any spot you can find! It doesn’t do anything! You can just download it!

Don’t even get me started on fans! They’re literally just there to make noise so it sounds like it’s doing something! It just moves air around and it’s completely useless.

And then there’s this thing called a ‘psu’ and it’s literally a metal box! Just use a cord, sheeple!

Graphics card? More like credit card! You can’t even buy these things! And what are supposed to do with them? Make graphs? If you need a graph just draw one!

SSD? HDD? Storage? Listen man I’m not running an acronym locker here, just give me the one that holds the most room for pictures that I’m going to look at once and then ignore and never delete. 

RGB lighting? Just open a window. Why are you people still buying this stuff! Where’s the CMYK option?

Some nerds like to talk about keyboards. Mechanical vs membrane! I don’t see what this has to do with biology but computers are digital! 

Monitors? 1080p? 4k? Why would I pay 4 thousand for a screen? What about refresh rate? What does that mean? 128 hurts? Are we playing pokemon, why does our screen cause damage? Is that a lot? Is that a little? Nobody knows!

CPU? What does this have to do with star wars? I’m building a computer not a robot that beeps! Oh wait I think that one that might be the rock that thinks. Okay so that part you need, but you don’t need all this other junk just plug your HDMI cable into the thinky rock and you’re good to go!

I almost forgot about network cards! You see what I mean about them not even trying to pretend that this stuff does anything? Everyone knows that the rock that thinks connects automatically to wifi. Stop with all this upcharge.

At this point they’re just getting sloppy with their naming conventions. Computer mouse? They literally just have someone sitting in a basement somewhere coming up with computer parts and naming them based on things they see and adding ‘computer’ to the name!

With all that in mind, you are now completely prepared to not build your own computer. That stuff’s for nerds anyway. Go do something productive with your time instead, like bullying geeks or learning guitar! That way Breck will think you’re COOL and not a NERD! (And he will be obligated to give you a high grade, it’s the law)

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