Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Visualization Construction Assignment
Due: October 17, 2017
In this assigment you will use publicly available visualization tools to
construct some basic visualizations of your project data. In the process,
you will become more familiar with the range of visualization options available
and how to accomplish what you want in your term project.
Part One: Tool Review
Write a two paragraph review of two different freely available visualization or programming
tools from the following list:
You may review a tool not on this list, with prior approval from the instructor.
Your tool reviews are intended to help you assess whether these tools would be a
suitable development platform for your project.
Your reviews should address capabilities, data types supported, visualization
types supported, interface or API, and capability for customization.
Turn in a written copy of your reviews in class. After you have turned in your reviews,
post another copy to the class
discussion board (so that your classmates can benefit from your discoveries).
Part Two: Visualizations
Create four visualizations using the data for your project.
Your four visualizations should explore two different sets of design
options or parameters using each of two tools. Your two images using the tool should
look substantially different and should use interesting techniques (ie. simple line graphs,
bar charts, and maps are boring). For this exercise, the goal is to create visualizations that are far
apart in design space. For that reason, they need not satisfy design or task goals set by your client.
If you choose, one of your visualizations may be the image you submitted as the alpha release of your
Your visualization report should include an image for each visualization with an
explanatory caption. Your caption should explain what the visualization shows, as well
as relevant techniques and paramenters used. You should email a pdf format report to
the instructor before the beginning of class.