The project is an example of how Du Bois uses his unique ability to take huge datasets and leverage his computer science skill-set to extract insightful new points of view on culture, society and politics.(that occurs every 10 years) Du Bois broadened the conceptual lenses of the census and added layers relating the emotional and mental state of the American people.We can clearly see patterns of the ways people describe themselves as a function of their whereabouts.The road atlas, on the other hand, demonstrates how strongly embedded the abstract image of some locations can be – seeming to shape the way people feel about and accordingly describe themselves (evidenced by, for example, New York City’s label of “Now,” San Francisco’s “Gay,” Seattle’s “Heartbroken”).Data visualizations can add an emotional layer to raw information, pushing the audience to react in a different way than they would when simply looking at chart with numbers.Visualizations can make fluctuations in the stock market more understandable to the average citizen, but also, for example, elicit more of a reaction to child mortality rates in a given country than a simple collection of statistics might.Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries.
What about our likes, dislikes, feelings, and the ways we choose to define ourselves? Luke Dubois asked this very question and set out to answer it by joining 21 dating web sites and aggregating language used in the profiles of 19 million people.
The idea behind the work was to create an open-source “information score” of the U.
S.-led war in Iraq, taking various statistics from both Iraq and the United States over the course of the war and placing them on a timeline.
In a world flooded with endless stream of information, finding ways to reimagine commonly viewed and understood objects (like maps), can create new insights and push the audience to rethink the way they interact with information. Du Bois used the University of California’s American Presidency Project data of 220 years of President’s Annual Messages to Congress (better known as “the State of the Union Address”) and represented the most common words used by each of the Presidents in an eye test pattern format (known as “The Snellen Chart of optical acuity”).
The result was 42 eye-tests charts representing a fascinating angle of presidential agendas, concerns and anxieties.