This piece explores the trends in out-of-state student enrollment the three of the nation’s top universities with the use of interactive data visualizations. The story also includes a custom interactive that allows the user to input the year they entered UNC-Chapel Hill and see the price of tuition for themselves, their parents and their grandparents.
How did we get here?
A look at the process behind “The Ins and Outs of the Public Ivies”
- An initial brainstorm of story ideas. I was interested in looking at an education issue. I started by querying the News & Observer UNC salaries API to look for stories in the salaries of UNC-Chapel Hill instructors. It turns out that legacy data on salaries is hard to find, so I pivoted to enrollment.
- Gather the data. I manually pulled data from 7 different sources for UNC-Chapel Hill, U-Va., and UC-Berkeley.
- Sketch the page. I typically like to start playing with ideas in Illustrator or Experience Design, but recently I’ve been focusing on starting with some rough sketches.
- Design the user interface. I produced a full mockup of the story and visualizations in Adobe XD.