More than 400,000 Stolen Years: An Examination of U.S. Gun Murders: Using data from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report, this data exploration tool visualizes the gun murders that took place in 2010, the most recent year for which data is available. guns.periscopic.com


You will be creating an interactive information graphic in Edge Animate based on research that you conduct. To help guide you we will be focusing on the broad topic of “family.” Family was the focus of this years Fall Workshop (thefallworkshop.syr.edu). You will be given a list of sub-topics to choose from, you will then research, mockup and create an animated, interactive Adobe Edge composition that is the culmination of the first two phases. You should focus on NY State and Syracuse statistics.

Grade Breakdown

Due Dates (Final)




Phase One – Research

For phase one you will be required to provide qualitative and qualitative research. You will provide a 2–5 page written narrative that will serve as your qualitative research in conjunction with quantitative research displayed in an Excel spreadsheet.  You will then be expected to give a 5 minute presentation to the class based on your findings.

Your qualitative research should be in written narrative form.

Data that approximates or characterizes but does not measure the attributes, characteristics, properties, etc., of a thing or phenomenon. Qualitative data describes whereas quantitative data defines.  – businessdictionary.com

Your quantitative research should be in an Excel spreadsheet.

Data that can be quantified and verified, and is amenable to statistical manipulation. Quantitative data defines whereas qualitative data describes.  – businessdictionary.com


Phase Two – Mockups

For phase Two you will be required to provide a .ai or .psd file that is the non-interactive visual representation of your information graphic. This mockup must include any animated states and be considered a polished, final version.


Phase Three – Edge Project Build

For phase three you will be required to provide a fully working, error free Adobe Edge Animate project package. You will be expected to have at least one interactive element included.