Tag Archives: Education

09 Apr

All about mapping right now

All about mapping right now

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I’m currently working on a handful of map-based projects for clients.

Two of them are using Tableau to create maps about funding in relation to demographic information. I’m leaning heavily on Mapbox (https://www.mapbox.com) to create personalised maps
The other is a map-based infographic for a new educational client (HINT: a well known top-notch University!)

(note the image above is NOT my map – more on that later)

We have 8/9 key statistics to get across, each of them relating to different groups at the University – e.g. The students, the staff, spin-out businesses etc.

The aim of the map is to highlight the connections with the local community so I’ve decided to put these on a stylised map – with the statistic connected to an area associated with those people e.g. The mainstudent living areas.

The risk now is to avoid the map turning into just a map – as there is a desire to add more locations attatched to the wider project.

I’ve been exploring vairous approaches to the map

> flat
> stylised
> computer-game style

I have come across a great app (http://ift.tt/2ntpUke) that turns any area into a Sims style world – great fun but probably not overly helpful for this project.

Watch this space

04 Jan

Uni applications drop off – but which subject area is hardest hit?

Thanks to a hike in tuition fees, there has been a drop off in the numbers of people applying to UK universities, compared to the 2011 figures.

Usefully, the Guardian has posted the numbers on their Datablog and I’m starting to munch through the data

Here’s the first set of findings – by subject area grouped into discipline, thanks to Wikipedia’s List of Academic Disciplines

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