Whiteboard Data Viz: Snow Day Scenarios

Whiteboard Data Viz: Snow Day Scenarios

It’s only January and we already have a day and a half of “snow days” under our belts. If you live in Delaware, then you already know that this could potentially be just the beginning. We have mixed feelings about snow days in our house. If school, work and everything else in between is cancelled, then SUPER. But our reaction to a school closure depends on a number of other variables. How many snow days do we have behind us at this point? How accessible are the children’s boots, snow pants and heavy coats? Will there be a traumatic realization that we’ve outgrown our kitty cat printed galoshes? Is there food? More importantly, is there wine? Even more importantly, is there COFFEE? One lesson from this most recent round of snow days is to have more indoor activities up our sleeves. We gathered 3 rock star projects that will satisfy idle hands and active minds while leaving you frostbite free.

We figured you guys had similarly complex reactions to that district wide voicemail that comes a handful of times every year. So this appeared to be the perfect time to perform an audience poll. We posted a Facebook poll which remained open to voting for a week. It might seem overly enthusiastic, but we were THRILLED to received 28 total votes! Here’s a quick look at the categories we proposed and the results:

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As you can see ↑↑↑ , our followers generally look forward to an opportunity to snuggle up and hit the snooze with 57% of the votes. 21% feels all the feels, with a combination of reactions to the kids being home. Then there’s that 14% who’s wondering just how early is too early for a little happy hour? After all, you’ll need something to soothe you after all that glove stuffing, boot tying, coat zipping you’re gonna do…for longer stretches than they actually spend outdoors.

This was a basic 1 dimensional data collection, which always leaves us wanting more. Alas, illustrating simple data in a visually interesting way can be just as challenging as visualizing complex data for mass interpretation. We were eyeing up some mosaic designs in Dear Data, and decided to try our hand at illustrating your votes using scale and proportion of hexagons. Example: the orange hexagon (representing 57% of the vote) is proportionately 2.3X larger than the dark green hexagon (representing 21%). Guys…math is hard. So there you have it. While this was a simple visualization, it was actually one of the most accurate we have designed so far.

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design note: Dan bought me new markers…I used them ALL. -Lynsey

So what does this data tell us? Well, it appears that you guys like to snuggle…and that you also don’t mind an early afternoon class of wine to go with your soggy socks and frozen nose. Maybe that’s why we get along so well.

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