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Information Visualization

Big and small visualization projects

Wind is one the rise. Or is it?

Morphing visualization showing the evolution of wind energy in different states and how the energy mix changed in California
Morphing visualization showing the evolution of wind energy in different states and how the energy mix changed in California.

The series of visualization was created as an experiment. It simulates a typical online newspaper story told only in the form of visualizations. Our intent is to test if readers see stronger links between two visualizations when one is morphed into another compared to a static presentation.

International aid

An explorative data visualization showing patterns in the flow of international aid money
Interesting patterns can be found when analyzing the flow of international aid money. For example, there are groups of donors with very similar donation patterns.

An explorative visualization on patterns in international aid. The static visualization was created in response to a «Storytelling with Data»-challenge. Historical events like the Gulf war or the Afghanistan war become apparent in the donation patterns. Also, there are different types of donors and different motivations for donations. Many countries are still very much involved in supporting their ex-colonies for example. This visualization forms the basis for the development of narrative visualizations on international aid.

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The evolution of mortality rates in the U. S.

Preview of the mortality story
Screenshot of the interactive story on mortality in the U. S.

This is a redesign of the Bloomberg story «How Americans die». The story is fantastic but the way it was implemented makes it harder to follow than necessary. For our research, we've wanted to test if animated transitions help people understand stories told through visualization better. We started by redesigning the Bloomberg story according to the state of the art in current visualization research.

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The hitchhiker's guide to Swiss Open Government Data

Visualizations for the article on the current state of the Open Data movement in Switzerland
Visualizations for the article on the current state of the Open Data movement in Switzerland

The goal of this project was to get an overview of the state of Open Data in Switzerland. On one hand, interviews with activists and data providers were conducted. On the other hand, the datasets on opendata.swiss were investigated. For this, all datasets were downloaded from the platform and analyzed for their size and number of entries. The results of the interviews and the analysis of the platform have been compiled as an article and two interactive visualizations.

The article and the visualizations won the first edition of the «Open Data Student Award» in 2018.

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 What is watt?

Exploring ones energy use by comparing everything with everything
«What is watt» is a tool to better undestand ones energy consumption. It allows comparing «everything with everything»

The goal of What is Watt is to compare everything with everything. How much energy does my daily train-commute take? (12.8 kWh) How many times can I take one of my famously long hot showers for the same amount of energy? (9 times) Or how many times could I take the elevator for just one floor? (1200 times) In the end, the decision is with each person, if she wants to move closer to her place of work or if she takes a hot shower less often to save energy.

The project is still work in progress and has been great for experimenting with combining traditional interface design with information visualization to create a form of a story-generator.

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