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A tour of CovidPulse and its inception

Here is a tour of CovidPulse, including some of the visualization and information architecture concepts, some insights that they provide, and the influences that drove design.

0:14 Johns Hopkins University U.S. County data source
0:40 What is a sparkline?
1:38 Information architecture influenced by “Designing for the Scent of Information” by Jared Spool.
2:25 Trend status coloration by Charlie Frye.
2:45 Outlier counties with large prison populations. The unexpected questions maps help us ask.
3:50 The “second wave” signature.
4:50 The question of universities.
5:10 New York’s severe early rates.
5:48 California’s slow growth.
6:20 The time lag, and other variations, between cases and deaths.
7:09 The trend signatures of cumulative cases.
8:07 The upswing of North Dakota.
8:36 A previous sparkline map visualizing digital security.
9:09 The sparklines of Riley Champine, and its influence on CovidPulse.
10:08 The cumulative case sparklines of Mathieu Rajerison as validation of a concept.
10:37 The power of trend visuals with temporal and geographic data.

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I have far too much fun looking for ways to understand and present data visually, hopefully driving product strategy and engaging users. I work in the Content team at Esri, pushing and pulling data in all sorts of absurd ways -and then talking about it. I also get to spend time with the Story Maps team, working on fun and useful user experiences. When I'm not doing those things, I'm chasing around toddlers and wrangling chickens, and generally getting into other ad-hoc adventures. Life is good. Loads more how-to posts: esri.com/arcgis-blog/author/j_nelson/ My YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/JohnNelsonMaps Loads of Styles for Pro: esriurl.com/nelsonstyles Instagram: instagram.com/johnmnelson/

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