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Tutorial: Data-Illustrator using life expectancy data

Reconstructing an infographic on life expectancy in Dutch cities (previously published in Vrij Nederland) using this awesome tool: Data Illustrator, a great research collaboration between Adobe Systems Inc. and Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Load the csv-file.
Draw one single circle, color it and click ‘repeat’.
Assign ‘gemeente’ (= municipality).
Enlarge the area to show all 408 municipalities.

Press ‘break grid’ and click any circle.
Define the x-position (social status) by assigning ‘SES-score’ from pull down menu.

Define the y-position (= age) by assigning ‘leeftijd_man’.
Define the size (= number of men per municipality) by assigning ‘aantal_mannen’.
Repeat this for women:
Draw single circle, color it and click ‘repeat’.

Assign ‘gemeente’ and reveal all 408 circles.

Define the x-position (= social status) by assigning ‘SES-score’ from pull down menu.

Define the y-position (= age) by assigning ‘leeftijd_vrouw’.

Define the size (= number of women per municipality) by assigning ‘aantal_vrouwen’.

Move visualization on top of each other.
Draw a single black line.

Click ‘repeat’.
Assign ‘gemeente’ (= municipality) and enlarge the area to show all 408 municipalities.
Select single line and define X-position.
Assign ‘SES-score’.
Select top anchor point and assign ‘leeftijd_vrouw’ to the y-position.

Select bottom anchor point and assign ‘leeftijd_man’ to the y-position.

Change opacity of connecting lines…
… and align to previous chart.

The original infographic was published in 2017 in Vrij Nederland and took me several hours to complete in Illustrator.
Using Data Illustrator it would have taken me just few minutes.