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Charter School Graph Plot

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http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/hassard3.jpg

This is an interesting graph comparing public and charter schools based on their minority student population and their SAT scores. To be honest, the design of the graph isn't terrible. The goal of the graph seems to be giving the audience an overall impression of the disparity between predominantly Caucasian and predominantly minority schools. I do have two issues with the graph, however.

Information Design: Failed Website

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Failed information design included in the book are usually the result of clutter, an unclear message, or information overload. An example I found was a website for Rhode Islands College Bookstore. The website has cluttered advertisements and information scattered randomly on the page. The website would be better if there was organization clearly defining subjects worth navigating too. Information design should be orderly, when the audience views the page they should be able to retrieve the information they want to capture the message.

Rice School of Architecture

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Website: http://architecture.rice.edu/

The Rice School of Architecture has a visually appealing website, but the information is difficult to understand.

The data doesn't have sufficient hierarchy/relationships. The menu bar near the top has a lot of information, but that information is a bit overwhelming. It is difficult to determine if the menu bar has links to Rice Architecture information or general Rice information.

Ineffective Information Design using Youtube

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I decided for this exercise to use the vastly popular website, Youtube. For many years youtube's layout stayed static, changing very little. In recent years, however, they have changed their layout numerous times, and have come up with one most recently that I believe is a fantastic example of ineffective information design.

Katz Chap 1

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The site I'd like to use for this response is AARP.org. It's nice to see that they have improved the site over recent years, but there is still SO MUCH information. The designer tries to create a hierarchy of information through the structure of the site (menu bar and nav bar), but ultimately fails. The data is too dense and completely overwhelming:

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