Adobe Illustrator is the industry leader for vector graphic production. The beauty of vector graphics are that they are created with mathematical calculations so all the art work will be infinitely scalable. For my classroom, Illustrator is the perfect tool for data visualization or creating "InfoGraphics" If you are looking for the worlds greatest Illustrator Lessons go to Brain Buffet!
http://columnfivemedia.com/ This is a great site full of interesting information about infographics and data visualization. They also have a book titled "Infographics: The Power of Visual Storytelling".
Infographics and Data Visualization
Wikipedia Definition Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends.The process of creating infographics can be referred to as data visualization, information design, or information architecture.
Crayfish Pie Graph and Symbolic Facts: In 1987, Louisiana produced 90% of the crayfish harvested in the world, 70% of which were consumed locally. Source: Wikipedia
Creating a Pie Chart with Adobe Illustrator (7:48) By the end of this lesson I will understand how to create a pie chart with Adobe Illustrator. I will know how to use the Chart & Direct Selection tools, change the Fill and Stroke, as well as, working with text.
Crayfish Linear Facts By the mid-1960s, the amount of land devoted to crawfish farming had increased to approximately 10,000 acres of managed ponds. At this point, an industry based on peeling crawfish became established, and the new markets for crawfish meat allowed both crawfish farming and wild harvests to increase even more. Acreage continued to increase in Louisiana, from approximately 44,000 acres in the mid-1970s to current (2012) levels of roughly 120,000 acres. Source: "A Brief History of Crayfish Farming in Louisiana" LSUAgCenter