Inspiration

I was interested in the questions about diversity and social media engagement, especially because I have worked as a social media intern for several non-profit organizations. I also wanted to make the final deliverable as accessible as possible, so I considered aspects of the ADA framework when designing it and choosing the software to create the final page with.

What it does

This storymap takes a step by step dive into the dataset provided by TwoSixTech. Accessible elements include compatibility with text-to-speech readers, descriptive captions, responsive UX design to use on different devices, auto-scroll, and the ability to scroll down with the down arrow. We start out with a birds-eye view of the data using pie charts and end with a scatter plot with insights about diversity and inclusion in tech. I also wrote a reflection building on thoughts I had about the data.

How we built it

I analyzed the data using Microsoft Excel, and stylized the charts in Adobe Illustrator. Some analysis was coded in Python, but I used 3rd party code for that component. I then imported the files to ArcGIS to create the final deliverable.

Challenges we ran into

It took me 2.5 hours to figure out how to make the 3D effects on the pie charts, but I had a very specific vision that I wanted to make work.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

I'm proud that I completed all graphics and charts from scratch in Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft Excel. I did not use any software that would combine the two functionalities, because I wanted to have a lot of control over the final look.

What we learned

I learned how to create and publish an ArcGIS StoryMap. I also learned how to do some new functions in Excel to count occurrences of keywords.

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