This week’s Makeover Monday sparked an interesting conversation around sketching a viz before/during a build. I can’t draw, so I typically never sketch, but it seems that many others find this an invaluable part of their process. Here is a quick look into the conversation and a high speed video of my entire build at the end.
Eva Murray tweeted a video of herself sketching out her viz, something I rarely do.
— Eva Murray (@TriMyData) February 12, 2017
Seeing another’s process is always interesting to me, and Eva’s was a very detailed one. I tend to let the data draw the viz, but seeing Eva’s video made me curious about time savings when sketching.
@TriMyData I should do this more/ever. Your build probably went much faster in the end yes?
— Curtis Harris (@Harris7Curtis) February 13, 2017
This tweet definitely showed me that I am in the minority when it comes to sketching out a viz…
— Colin Wojtowycz (@datawoj) February 13, 2017
@TriMyData me too! I almost always start on paper! Although hen it never ends up looking like what I had planned…
— Amanda Patist (@amanda_patist) February 13, 2017
…but I wasn’t totally alone
— Neil Richards (@theneilrichards) February 13, 2017
In the end… there seems to be one common theme
— Matt Francis (@Matt_Francis) February 13, 2017
— Ben Jones (@DataRemixed) February 13, 2017
— Eva Murray (@TriMyData) February 13, 2017
Seems that everyone is in agreeance that you can’t sketch without knowing a little bit about your data first.
I think I’ll keep drawing with data and figure things out on the fly, but it was fun seeing how everyone else approaches the blank stare of an empty sheet! Here is my 40 minute build condensed into 2.5 minutes… this is how I draw.
Click the image below to go to the viz