September, 2020 to December, 2020
This project provides detailed information about space missions from 1957 to 2020. It gives the viewers information about the total number of space missions, countries with the most space missions, mission status, rocket status, number of launches per country, average money spent on space missions, and much more.
Kaggle provided the data for this visualization, and the link to the data set is – All space missions from 1957. The data set includes information such as company name, location, date, detail about the mission, rocket status, mission status, and the money spent on these missions.
Create a data visualization that can engage viewers from all age groups and inform them about all the necessary information regarding space missions.
For this data visualization, I wanted to do something that could catch the attention of the viewer. The idea was to create a custom visualization, which can engage viewers from all age groups. Firstly I looked at some visualizations that aligned with my topic. This way, I could strategize my visualization that could suit the data appropriately.
These visualizations are a great example to set the base, and they gave me clarity about how and what I wanted to achieve with my data visualization.
Celebrations around the world
This visualization was an inspiration to work on something unique. I liked the idea of creating a circular calendar that could go along with my data. This source was my base inspiration, and the concept further developed as I moved forward with my project.
Here too, the visualization is exploring the idea of a circular calendar. The visuals here are very minimal, but they still provide appropriate information. As my database was vast, this visualization was a desirable example to provide detailed information with minimal visuals.
Satellites orbiting the earth
This visualization was a perfect example for me to explore graphs and bars. The visualizations used here are appropriate to the content and do not mislead the viewers. It inspired me to add graphs and bars to my visualization to provide detailed information about the data.
I made a rough draft of my data visualization to test it on the participants for the User Research. Participants selected for this visualization were from diverse backgrounds, which helped me understand the visualization from different perspectives. The participants from this User Research provided quality feedback, which helped me create and develop the final visualization. Click here to check the initial draft of my data visualization.
The aim was to -
Understand how efficiently the data visualization can communicate with the viewers and test the language, visual aesthetics, and information of the visualization.
The idea was to create a poster out of this data visualization. Something that viewers can store with them as a collectible. The thought behind this was to grab the viewer’s attention and hold them long enough to read the complete visualization. As soon as the viewer views the custom visualization, they get more curious about the visualization. This visualization proudly presents how far we have come since the first space launch in 1957. With this data visualization, we can be proud of the human race for all the efforts and time put into these space missions.
In this data visualization, I learned a lot of new things. I was able to achieve a custom visualization without any use of visualization-making software. I realized that software can limit the creativity of the creator and can restrict them from experimenting. This data visualization was good for me to understand what information may be necessary for the viewers and avoid information overload.
I see this data visualization moving forward by updating data with the latest space missions. The other way to take this project forward could be by comparing private and government organizations in space missions. Space travel is just opening up for everyone, and with it are opening endless possibilities.