information design

Suicide Rate for Black Children Surges

Three months ago, I read a story in the NY Times with a chilling lede: the suicide rate among black children has nearly doubled since the early 1990s, while the rate for white children has declined.

The story haunted me, and when the Harper’s Index repeated the statistic it prompted me to track down the source. It turns out the study cited uses data from the Centers for Disease Control, data that is easily accessible via the web. So I created a chart to show the change over time. The data is spiky but the overall trend is clear and horrifying.

Suicide by Adolescent Boys

Here is a csv of the chart’s data drawn from the CDC Fatal Injury Reports, 1999 - 2013 and 1981 - 1998.

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ABA Journal: Infographics make the complex simple for a jury.
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“Stories make data human. Data make stories real.”
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How prosecutors persuade and mislead with PowerPoint — and PowerPoint so awful it backfires: https://www.themarshallproject.org/2014/12/23/powerpoint-justice

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Protests in 2014

A week ago I tweeted a link to a stunning collection of dramatic photos from protests around the world in 2014. It was an amazing year: Ayotzinapa, Bangkok, Catalonia, Euromaidan, Ferguson, Hong Kong, Taksim…

But it bugged me that such a list omits the many protests in 2014 that were less spectacular or photogenic, but just as vital to the participants.

So for your consideration, a heatmap of protests across the world in 2014:

Protest in 2014

I drew the data from the GDELT project, which monitors media around the world and logs people, places, organizations, and events into an open database. Doubtless, many actions did not receive the media hit necessary to make it into the dataset, but the map gives a better sense of the breadth of activity this year.

2015 should be interesting.

Happy new year!

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A Brief History of the Umbrella Movement

There have been some fantastic graphics coming out of Occupy Central in Hong Kong, but this brief chronology of the Umbrella Movement in comics is one of my favorites thus far. It was drawn by Dolly for Passion Teens Weekly.


Occupy Central Timeline
Occupy Central Timeline
Occupy Central Timeline

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Promising exploration of design patterns for interactive data visualization on mobile devices.
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