Experiments

The designs sketched here represent approaches to visualizing quantitative geographically related data such as arms flow and drug production and seizures. The Mac application sketches an approach to affording user driven juxtapositions of visualizations of information graphics.



 
>>Arms Trade Data
 
Arms Trade
This graphic depicts global arms transfers. Four data elements are represented: who is selling arms, who is buying arms, how much buyers spent, and what percentage of the total each nations expenditure constitutes. In this case, the total dollar volume of arms transfers is displayed in the left hand vertical column. The column is broken up to reflect each sellers percentage of the total. The second column continents and the third subregions of those continents. The fourth expresses the individual nations. The size of each row shows the total expenditure by each country.

This image illustrates a distribution path of arms from the United States to the Middle East. The complete chart might "unfold" to display all transactions simultaneously. This might lead to problems with focus, however, as the density of information might become confusing to the viewer. Interactivity would solve this problem by affording user refocusing of the map. Clicking on the illustration would fold and unfold children in the tree.

 
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Cocaine Production and Seizures
Metric tons of refined cocaine produced and seized per year is illustrated in this graphic. The center column shows total drug production for 1994. Each row corresponds to one country, and the height of that row corresponds to cocaine production for that year. Seizures are depicted by the grey area, which is visualized as a proportion of the total production.
 
>>Cocaine
 
User Driven Juxtaposition
This MacOS program sketch demonstrates the application of dynamic zoom and focus for user driven juxtapositions of world data. The current version includes a pre-selected set of global maps. These maps portray religious distribution, energy consumption, conflict zones, and other information. The user can align the maps next to each other and make comparisons, drawing conclusions from the juxtaposition of images.

Future versions of this application would increase a users ability to assemble their own montages by allowing them to import graphics files of their choosing. Transparency features might allow the images to be overlaid ontop of each other, illuminating relationships and deeper meanings.

Macintosh application: montage.sit (260k)

 
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