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Project 4 – Information Exhibit


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Project 4 – WIP

I set out on this project to show how children have far to much homework. From the studies I’ve been reading, that doesn’t seem to be the case. The findings are interesting. Here is a bit of what I’ve discovered.


There more is information that I working  making visual, as well as an explanation/conclusion and some ideas for improving homework time.




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Project 4 – The Idea

For my final project, I want to explore the effects of homework on grade school children. As a parent of two grade school age kids, I spend hours each evening coaxing, coaching, helping and reminding them to focus and finish. I often wonder how parents with children who are active in sports and other after school activities, or who have more children, manage to have a quality family life with so much homework. I don’t think that there needs to be so much sent home from school to work on. What happens in the classroom? Are there assignments being done there? Shouldn’t that be sufficient? I am not the only parent with these concerns. I want my children to be more than homework drones.

Some of the sources I will use are:

  • Kohn, A. (2012). The Value of Homework Needs Further Research. In J. Bartos (Ed.), At Issue. Do Students Have Too Much Homework? Detroit: Greenhaven Press.
  • Lawrence, L. (2015, May 10). Do kids today have too much homework? Christian Science Monitor.
  • Mathews, Jay. “How to end homework for moms.” Washington Post 30 June 2014. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web.
  • Mathews, Jay. “Let families decide homework amount.” Washington Post 15 Sept. 2014. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web.
  • “Homework; ‘Nonacademic Effects of Homework in Privileged, High-Performing Schools’.” Education Week 26 Mar. 2014: 5. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web.
  • Greenfeld, Karl Taro. “My daughter’s homework is killing me: what happens when a father, alarmed by his 13-year-old daughter’s nightly workload, tries to do her homework a week.” The Atlantic Oct. 2013: 80+. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web.

Key Insights or Data

  • 60 percent of parents admitted they were sometimes unable to
    help their child with homework.
  • There’s reason to doubt that requiring children to do homework has any meaningful academic
  • 45 percent of students in grades three to 12 spend more than an hour a night doing homework.
  • Asian students spend 3.5 more hours on average doing homework per week than their white peers. However, only 59 percent of Asian students’ parents check that homework is done, while 75.6 percent of Hispanic students’ parents and 83.1 percent of black students’ parents check.
  • 14 percent of teachers with zero to five years of teaching experience assigned more than an hour of homework per night, while only six percent of teachers with 21 or more years of teaching experience assigned over an hour of homework.
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Project 3: LEGO Dataset WIP

For research, found many types of data on the subject of LEGO like these graphs that show color usage by the company through the years…


In addition to data about LEGO there is data shown with LEGO. (Or the appearance of LEGO.)

I also looked for data displayed in ways that could be incorporated using my LEGO dataset.

I also researched the various types of graphing data since at least 3 specific types are required for this project…


The data representation I’ve started began with an Excel spreadsheet.


I translated the information in a couple of ways so far.


I’ve even made a histogram with the bricks I received. However, by taking a top down photograph like this, it is almost impossible to avoid changes in perspective along the edges. Perhaps, taking individual images of each set or scanning them would be better. I’m not sure I will use this image.


I’ve been researching various facts, lingo, and other notable information for use in the app design. A very interesting documentary can be see on Amazon Prime called “Beyond the Brick”.

During my photo sessions, I’ve taken just about every angle that can be taken; even perspective angles using museum putty to keep the brick angled. I would like to create a blueprint-like section with dimensions since I have a background in CAD but translating that to Illustrator isn’t as easy as I imagined.

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I have more pictures to take. I need to take a picture of a stack that I am using for my menu. I also plan to use images of individual studs for bullets in my facts lists.


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Visualizing {Sales} Data

How else would a jewelry designer create a visual expression with the data of their sales? Through jewelry of course! I’ve made a crude design with Adobe Illustrator of my idea. I think that this needs to be made with bead though.


This necklace shows the sales made in the United States. The hand form is holding the international sales data. I didn’t include the data for the United States on the international “strand” since all that data is on the necklace. The data I am using is generated through an Etsy app that pulls the data from my shop. (Etsy Sale Map App)

Another way I arranged the information was in a bar graph of sorts. I took pictures of the Swarovski crystals I planned to use in the necklace and used the images for my graph.


Physical Exploration

The necklace idea was one I wanted to try. In order for the data fit better, I used 10mm beads to represent 10 sales, and 4mm beads to represent 1 sale. For the United States there are 892 sales. That’s a lot of beads!


This would definitely be a dazzling necklace. There only two states without sales; Montana and North Dakota. If I were to explore this further, It would be interesting to compare the amount of sales with other things like state population. I decided to forego using the international data. The sales data from the United States was plenty to use.

To show the information on a map, I used basic colors in a graduation.


And the same map in gray scale.