About Drawing by Numbers
Why visualise data?
Outstanding data visualisations allow the scale and dimensions of a story to emerge. These three visualisations reveal previously hidden dimensions about the US-led Occupation of Iraq. All three take different visual forms but are based on similar datasets - deaths and casualties in Iraq.
This infographic represents information about the location and type of attack resulting in 2592 deaths of US and Coaliation Troops, Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga militias. Civilian casualties were not included. The number was too large to accomodate in this graphic which covered one full page of the newspaper.
A Year in Iraq, Adriana Lins de Albuquerque & Alice Cheng, New York Times (2008).
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Wonder why the image on the right looks like a defragmenting hard-disk? That's because it shows the number of deaths in Iraq over time (each colour represents a different segment of the troops and civilians killed). The image on the left just shows the sum totals of deaths by type. This infographic is based on data released by Wikileaks, and reported in the Guardian newspaper, about deaths in Iraq from January 2004 to December 2009.
Function, Kamel Makhloufi (2010)
Home and Away, Stamen, CNN (2010)
About this website
- Free-to-use and Open Source software tools and advice for visualising information: to help you make your own charts, maps and mashups and to help you collect and clean up data.
- Advice on the tactical use of data, evidence and visual communication for activists.
- Online manuals, toolkits and tutorials.
- Advice on how you can be smart and safe when using public, online tools. Everyone needs to be concerned about the security risks involved in working with large amounts of information online.
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Why we made this site
Tactical Tech has been thinking about and working with data and design in activism for over a decade. Some of us brought creativity to campaigns and others introduced evidence into them. Some of us have spent time on the ground collecting evidence, trawling through 82 column-wide spreadsheets, living ear-deep in paper. Others have tried to nurture the creative spirit of NGOs: dragging them out of the '60 page report' syndrome. As designers, activists, technologists and researchers, we have spent the past 10 years looking for opportunities to bridge disciplines: to bring design and information technologies into the world of activism.
We are information activists and we use our skills to help others become information activists too.
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