The New York Times released “The Jobless Rate for People Like You,” in 2009 during the United States economic recession. This online data visualization was intentionally personal in its narrative. Users would identify their race, gender, age, and education level to see a temporal comparison of the unemployment trajectory of people of a similar demographic. This trendline is then juxtaposed against all possible trend lines from all possible demographic combinations. In this way, the narrative of the data becomes clearly relatable and insightful by depicting the massive disparity in unemployment based on largely immutable characteristics.
The Essentials of Sociology
In academia, W.W. Norton releases regular editions of “The Essentials of Sociology” textbook. It’s hallmark feature includes full color infographics that condense large data sets from the World Bank into accessible visualizations. Additionally, the textbook includes an online interactive component that allows for further exploration of the data, with real-time responsive feedback. Their visualizations range from geographic base maps, iconographs, charts, and line graphs to depict complex sociopolitical issues.
Understanding Healthcare - myuhc.com
United Healthcare offers this interactive information visualization to make the connection between disease, healthcare, and wellness more accessible. In this example, the visualization communicates 10 different categories across 7 dimensions using a carefully designed icon library. The full interactive tool investigates life expectancy, diseases, causes of death, drug companies, healthcare costs and other metrics across national and international boundaries.
Pop Up Book | Mariano Sidoni
Positioning data outside of traditional 2d representations offers novel perspectives of analysis. While "Pop Up Book" is intended for artistic critique, more than informative insights, aesthetic cues are nonetheless transferrable to data visualizations. The direct analytical examination of the data is lost and replaced by an emotional appeal, encouraging investigation and reflection for meaning.
This 2010 installation, displayed at the Icelandic Vatnajökul National Park, merges projection mapping with interactivity to show the change of terrain relative to vegetation, fauna, and geological characteristics. With each of these dimensions accessible to viewers simultaneously, they are enabled to discover relationships between the topics.
The New York Times released this visualization in 2009 as a satirical trope on "biodiversity." Here they highlight the variety of "species" of animal references found on the spines of books sorted by publishing company. As a means of showing "false diversity," the design illustrates how categorization may give the impression of variety, even if the source material is homogenous.