The CHANCE contest submission below was my first time creating a complete static visualization that tries to tell a story. It’s sort of sad that I’m in my third year as a Ph.D. student studying visualization and I hadn’t done that yet.
I found it quite satisfying. Back in the olden days when I worked in rendering there was an immense amount of satisfaction that came from getting a rendering right–both visually and algorithmically. In visualization I hadn’t felt that yet, since all of my projects so far have been rather flaky research prototypes.
Over at FlowingData, Nathan is running a biweekly visualization competition/discussion. The first installment uses US poverty statistics. This’ll be a good chance for me to get more design experience.