Physical activities in a week

How much physical activity do I get?

How much physical activity do I get in a week? Are there any patterns to when I am active in the day?

 

A Dear-Data inspired assignment for Information Workshop: Best Practices in Data Visualization taught by Bianca DiPietro. For a week I collected data on physical activity:

  • Time of day

  • Duration

  • Intensity

  • Location

  • Social setup​

The assignment required that we create the data visualization to fit on the front of a postcard in landscape format, either 5x7” or 4x6” with no text. And a description of how to read the visualization on the back of the postcard.​

Visualization

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How to read it?

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Areas of improvement and learnings

Data visualization does not have be complicated

We don't always have to create complex visualizations. Simple temporal presentation is a good place to start to look for patterns in data.

Try multiple encoding methods

In this visualization, it would have made more sense to swap the encoding for intensity and duration. Color is more commonly associated with intensity.