The class Visual Data and Mapping focused on representing information in an aesthetically pleasing, legible way. We were charged to choose a single research subject for the entire semester. I picked color blindness, because I wanted a subject based in the biological realm and I knew it would be intriguing to learn about (as I am partially color blind, myself). As I moved forward, this eventually became a more broad subject covering vision deficiencies in their many forms.
Over the course of the semester I created the following diagrams (in the order as you scroll down):
Process Map - A visual representation of the step-by-step process of vision.
Literature Map - A general diagram of articles I found both online and in print about my research topic organized into three main categories.
Word Map - A map constructed of links and nodes representing commonly used words in a single article about color blindness, showing how often they appeared and what other buzz words with which they shared paragraphs.
Data Map - A visual break down of statistics, genetics, and types of color blindness.
Geographic Map - Using the program ArcGIS, I plotted the coordinates of a handful of institutes and services for the blind within the United States, then I chose one of the most successful American Institutes (Perkins School for the Blind) and charted its numerous worldwide connections.
As a final project, I compiled my completed infographics into a booklet, pairing them each with information I learned during the semester.