Week 4 - Designing With Real Data

September 30, 2014


This week we are diving into techniques for gathering real data and incorporating it into your designs.

Assignments Due Today

Class Activities

Present your Dataset (~15 minutes)

Give a 1 minute overview of your dataset

Activity Results (Hide All Results)

Students came up with some great datasets to showcase

Activity peaks on the weekends. The low points are when he is sitting in his SCOPE workspace all day
Mobile data usage was really high during his internship, almost none during vacation and is starting to get back to normal
The internships one student applied to last year
The number of photos taken over the summer
Location data highlights weekend trips in Seattle
Sleep data for one student, showing the hours slept each night
The quality of sleep for the same student is highly coorrelated to the amount of sleep each night
A different student's sleep data over the last two and a half years highlights that they sleep more as an upper classman

Instructor Analysis (Hide Instructor Analysis)

It was really neat to see the datasets the students came up with. They provided a good introduction to characteristics of real data.

Characteristics of Real Data (~10 minutes)

Real Data has a story. It is your job to understand and extract that story and align it with the user's goals.

Gathering Real Data (~30 minutes)

Oftentimes we can see the data we want to include in our design somewhere on the internet. During this demo, we'll walk through a few tools to actually go and grab that data. As part of that, we'll look at one example of what you might do once you have the data.

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This talk outlined how to use Kimono, Screen Scraper, and Sublime Text to gather and edit data.

Instructor Analysis (Hide Instructor Analysis)

The planned demo for this talk didn't work as planned, but the talk was still effective overall.

Scrape Some Data (~30 minutes)

In your group, work together to scrape some data using the tools we just discussed. Here are a few links that you might try.

Activity Results (Hide All Results)

Students did a very good job of scraping data from many of the websites listed above.

Instructor Analysis (Hide Instructor Analysis)

This activity went pretty well. Shortly after starting I realized that I should have provided an introduction to CSS selectors. There were lots of questions, but I could tell that students were getting more comfortable with the tools over the course of the activity.

Assignments Due Next Week