Brian Hui | UX Designer for Mobile, Web, and AR/VR
UX Designer

Data Viz Fall 2017 Blog

A place to document all my work during my time at IDM.

Geographic Visualizations - A Retrospective

As our project draws to a close, I take a look down memory lane on when I played around with Google Fusion Tables, Carto, Mapbox, and RawGraphs.io to generate geographic visualizations.

Originally, our team thought that we would be able to create a cool geographic visualization for this project. I generated maps from our curated data in Google Fusion Tables.

Fusion Tables: Point Feature Map attempt

Fusion Tables: Point Feature Map attempt

Fusion Tables: Heat Map attempt

Fusion Tables: Heat Map attempt

After playing with Fusion Tables, we saw a technical limitation for the heat map where Google would only display the first 1,000 rows of data. In the end, I also explored Carto and Mapbox with mixed results.

Carto visualization attempt

Carto visualization attempt

Exploring Mapbox

Exploring Mapbox

While exploring Carto, Mapbox, and also while exploring how to create choropleth and point density maps on Tableau, I decided that a geographic visualization in those formats wouldn't be any more meaningful than the point feature map given the very limited geographic data that we had. So, in the end, that's what my group went with a simple point feature map in Tableau.

Final geographic visualization

Final geographic visualization

In the end, I definitely learned a lot about geographic visualizations and the importance of having enough geographic data for this kind of visualization to be meaning!