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March 3, 2015



March 3, 2015

Michele & Katie

Jessie, Debbie, Ethan

Maya, Lauren, Claire

Corey, Donald


Foreign ICSR fighters

February 28, 2015

This world map gives insights as to where the 20,000 foreign ICSR fighters are flying into to Syria from.  Notice the size of the black arrows corresponding to the percentage of overall fighters.  A visually interesting way to show the concern and urgency of the issue.

Reading and Project 3 Start – for Mar 17

February 26, 2015
Employment, education, campus sexual assaults, fracking, vaccines, women’s pay equity, police violence against unarmed black men, women’s right to reproductive health, genetically modified foods: all are complex and contentious contemporary issues with passionate supporters and critics. And all are supported or opposed by a variety of often confusing data and arguments.
This project requires you to address a significant contemporary issue using published data to support your particular view or argument. The goal of the project is to use data and design to convey a heightened recognition of the issue, to influence and empower users, and to promote engagement and activism.

On March 17, come to class with 1 or 2 proposed specific projects – issues supported by data – and present proposals and relevant similar projects to group.


Reading for Tuesday, March 17

Critical InfoVis (Debbie, Ethan, Lauren – discussion leaders)

Trail of Silence data, Shak Greeley’s project


Gallup Poll of Most Important Problems, 2015

For instance, Global Road Deaths, below:

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Justin Lee’s project:


Abigail Reynolds, Mount Fear, South London, (crime data visualization), below:

abigail reynolds crime stats london

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Cultural and Political Visualizations

February 26, 2015

A series of books on all the Wiki Edits to the Iraq War page

Various dissections of cultural exports from famous individuals from different countries

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Place Pulse (MIT Media Lab’s Macro Connections Group)

February 26, 2015

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Crowdsourced city perceptions. Try the interactive website below:

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More projects from the group can be found below:

1% More

February 25, 2015

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While a lot of us tinker with responsive design, I thought this simple albeit traditional data visualization is a good balance of good design with a nice adjustable toolbox. I think my favorite part of this graph is the color palette – simple, balanced, and intuitive, as each the strength of the blue shades indicate the increases whereas the grey represents the status quo.

And you know, we should all save more. People under thirty-five in the US have a negative savings rate, so put that plastic back in your pocket. (David, you keep doing you – your generation seems to be doing okay.)


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