Data Aesthetics!

The dataset we had to visualize for the Data aesthetics section was the immigration data to United States in 2015.

Ideally, I would’ve loved to get out of the ‘world map’ to visualize this but I fell for the understandability factor. (This makes me feel like a hypocrite cause I strongly opposed an argument in a debate where Bollywood film makers claimed to dumb down the story line so the audience would understand it but…)

Tools used – Processing, Laser printer, Illustrator

Materials used – wood and thread

I imagined a line from the US to the region getting thicker based on normalized percentages of foreign borns in the U.S.

I wanted it to be a physical piece, it could be adapted into a large scale installation. I decided to use nails for regions and a slightly big enough screw that could hold the maximum threads.

Step one – cardboard prototype

I lasercut a textured world map, added nails and tried threading with a few multiples of the percentages I got from the data set. The cardboard obviously couldn’t hold the screws for long but it gave me a good idea about how to tackle thread.

Step two – Wood prototype 

I etched the same on wood and run it a few more times so it had a burnt dots look.


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